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Captain Madjou of the Tijani was requested to send over a skiff with the injured man and one other person, and to stand off a minimum of two cables off the bow of the Brigitte Bardot. Captain Madjou sent over a skiff with three men.

Sea Shepherd received the injured fisherman named Lotfi on the Brigitte Bardot for our medic, Megan Jolley of Hobart, Australia, to attend to him. Lofti had severed the veins in his left wrist and was losing a great deal of blood. Jolley was able to stop the bleeding but because the wound was dangerously deep, it required internal stitching. Instead of using sutures, Jolley elected to put a pressure bandage on the wound, while advising the Captain Madjou that Lotfi would need hospitalization within 15 hours or the wound could be life threatening.

While the fisherman was treated, the other two fishermen were happy to chat and exchange information about their fishing activities in the area with the Brigitte Bardot crew.

The Brigitte Bardot made numerous attempts to hail the European Union Fisheries Inspection vessel on Ch.16 insisting we had a medical emergency and needed immediate attention, but received no response from them. We also kept all communication with the Tijani on 1W on Ch.16, hoping the other fishing vessels would change their hostile attitude.

With a new dressing, a bag of medicine, strict instructions, and a promise from Captain Madjou that Lotfi would head straight to a hospital, the fisherman was returned to the skiff and the Brigitte Bardot returned to shadow the fleet of the purse seiners.

The injured fisherman’s deep wound. Photo: Simon AgerThe injured fisherman’s deep wound.
Photo: Simon Ager
The Tijani tuna fishing vessel. Photo: Simon AgerThe Tijani tuna fishing vessel.
Photo: Simon Ager
Injured fisherman returns to skiff. Photo: Simon AgerInjured fisherman returns to skiff.
Photo: Simon Ager

 

Operation Blue Rage 2011

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Blue Rage 2011

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