April 23, 2020 (Google Translation) – Monday April 20, 2020, the Regional Operational Center for Surveillance and Rescue (CROSS) Réunion called on the Armed Forces in the Southern Indian Ocean Zone (FAZSOI) and the Panther helicopter of the 36F detachment assigned to the frigate of Floréal monitoring for medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) on the bulk carrier type AVALON at 70 nautical miles off the coast of La Réunion.
After an analysis of the situation and in particular of the conditions for applying barrier gestures, the Panther quickly took off to join the bulk carrier, a sailor of which showed signs of cardiac pathology.
Helicopter-towed successfully on the merchant ship, the Floréal medical team , made up of the doctor and the paramedic, as well as the Panther diver, quickly took charge of the sailor. This was then evacuated to the CHU Nord de la Réunion.
In a constraining epidemic context, the reactivity with which this mission was carried out, in coordination with the SAMU, the CROSS Réunion and the FAZSOI made it possible to put the sailor out of danger.
Despite the lack of identified Covid-19 risk, a technician and three firefighters from the Port des Galets naval base specializing in nuclear, radiological, biological and chemical (NRBC) activities, in collaboration with the NRBC team of the 2nd Dragoon Regiment ( 2nd RD) proceeded to the bi-cleaning of the device. This allowed the teams to prepare to deal later with proven contamination cases.
This intervention illustrates the know-how and the capacity of the Panther crew and the medical team on board to provide assistance as quickly as possible to populations in danger, as part of the public service mission carried out by the Navy. national and FAZSOI.