March 20, 2020 (Google Translation) – Monday March 16, 2020, the Falcon 50M maritime surveillance aircraft of the French elements in Senegal took off on alert at 15:56. Objective for the crew: search and find a Senegalese fishing trawler with 9 people on board, missing from the radio waves for more than 24 hours.
“The crew took off on the orders of the commander-in-chief for the Atlantic (CECLANT), at the request of the Dakar rescue coordination center,” said Lieutenant Aurore, captain, experienced pilot with more than 3,500 flight hours to his credit.
From the start of the mission, the Falcon 50M requested the CROSS GRIS-NEZ (Regional Operational Center for Maritime Surveillance and Rescue) in France to obtain a drift calculation.
“From the last known position of the trawler, the CROSS GRIZ-NEZ specialists rely on statistics and algorithms to calculate the drift of the trawler as a function of winds and sea currents. They thus define a zone of probable presence “continues the lieutenant Aurore. “From this data, the crew radar / navigator defines a patrol area in which to conduct research.”
After 3 hours of flight, the trawler was found by the crew. The position of the ship is transmitted to the Senegalese patrolman KEDOUGOU who rallies the area to rescue the ship and its crew.
End of the mission.
“During the flight we were in contact with CECLANT, the CROSS Gris-Nez, and the Senegalese patroller with whom we benefited from excellent cooperation. We relied on the “air-sea conduct” cell of French elements in Senegal, which ensures our security and relays it with the Dakar rescue coordination center, ”concluded the captain.
Within the framework of the action of the State at sea, the French elements in Senegal host within them the maritime surveillance aircraft Falcon 50M and actively participate in maritime security implemented by the countries of the Gulf of Guinea. Following each other, the 24F’s detachments, made up of 5 sky sailors and supported by 2 technicians, prioritize the SAR (Search in Rescue) mission for the benefit of Blaise Diagne International Airport and SECMAR (rescue at sea ) for the benefit of the Senegalese State. Under the operational control of CECLANT (Commander-in-Chief for the Atlantic), they also fight against drug and arms trafficking and contribute to the policies of West African countries with regard to fisheries control. Fully associated with these missions,