July 10, 2020 (Google Translation) – Alerted on Wednesday 1st July by the Regional Operational Center Surveillance and Rescue in the Antilles and Guiana (CROSS AG), the top military commander in the West Indies ordered sending the support ship and overseas aid (BSAOM) Dumont D’Urville to assist two fishermen who went to sea the previous evening on board a fishing skiff. Worried about not seeing them return to the fishing port of Lamentin, Guadeloupe, one of their relatives had alerted the emergency services at the end of the morning.
The search and rescue mission took place around ten nautical miles north of Kahouanne Islet. After two hours of research, the Belle Ullanda fishing skiff was detected and identified at 4:27 p.m. thanks to the reinforced visual watch on board the Dumont D’Urville. The drifting boat was then north of the research area defined by the CROSS AG. The fast BSAOM boat was deployed to assist the two fishermen and help out the skiff out of gas. The Dumont D’Urville then escorted the skiff and its two occupants to the port of Deshaies, reached at 7:50 p.m.
Based in Fort-de-France in Martinique, the BSAOM Dumont D’Urville, admitted to active service in April 2020, strengthens the surveillance and maritime protection system of the armed forces in the Antilles alongside the surveillance frigates (FS) Ventôse and Germinal and of the Antilles-Guyane patrolman (PAG) La Combattante , admitted to active service last January.
Modern and versatile, the BSAOMs of the French Navy are dedicated to sovereignty, assistance and support missions overseas. Among other things, they participate in safeguarding and assistance missions for the benefit of populations and ships in distress.