A helicopter of the Pyrenees squadron at the Cazaux Air Base 120 intervened to save a sailor who had suffered a heart attack on the “ALbator II” in night of Feb 3, 2018, at Pointe de Grave. The CROSS Etel was informed at 7.10 p.m. that the fisherman had suffered a heart attack on the trawler 100 kilometers off the tip of Grave in Gironde.
The CROSS immediately requested the assistance of the Pyrenees squadron 120 Cazaux Air Base. After the High Authority for Air Defense (HADA) agreed, an EC725 Caracal helicopter from BA Cazaux took off at 8.28 p.m. The medevac took place in extremely difficult conditions: at night with waves of five to six meters height.
The crew nevertheless manage to hoist the injured and transported him to the hospital of Arcachon. After more than two hours, the helicopter, with the injured-on board, landed at in Cazaux at 10.35 p.m.
F/V ALBATOR II – Fishing vessel
Last report: Feb 05, 2018 09:27 UTC
Ship type: Fishing vessel
Destination: FILEYEUR VHF69
Lat/Lon: 43.32116 N/1.91309 W
Course/Speed: 229.5 ° / 0 kn.
Current draught: 4.4 m
IMO / MMSI: N/A / 227512000
Source: Sud Ouest