During the day of September 11, the Institution deployed a medical evacuation operation in the oceanic area of the Cook Bay sector, some 200 kilometers from Punta Arenas, capital of the Magallanes and Chilean Antarctic Region.
The operation was activated at 10:53 am, through a request to the Punta Arenas Search and Rescue Center; the support was requested by the Captain of the ship “Arafura”, which reported that two of its crew members are damaged due to blows due to the bad weather and navigation conditions present in the area, which made their evacuation necessary.
The “Arafura”, a Belgian flagged pond ship, was sailing from Porto Du Acu, Brazil, to Long Beach, United States, counting the ship with 332 meters in length and a draft of 20 meters.
The Maritime Government of Punta Arenas proceeded to activate the MRCC Punta Arenas, establishing contact with the ship through satellite telephony, coordinating a meeting point in the Cook Bay sector.
The Third Naval Zone ordered the departure of 2 naval units, the PSG 78 “Sibbald” from Puerto Williams and the OPV 83 “Marinero Fuentealba” from Punta Arenas, with the aim of evacuating the affected crew members to one of the two base ports. , this during the early morning hours of the day of September 12.
The Maritime Governor (S) of Punta Arenas, Frigate Captain Carlos Cerda, pointed out that “this evacuation process we hope will take place during the early hours of tomorrow”, complementing that “the Institution has arranged all the means it has to their disposition, in this southern area, to carry out the evacuation as soon as possible ”.