An Italian Navy frigate, Federico Martinengo, have rescued an injured crewmember following an attack by pirates on the heavy lift ship, Zhen Hua 7,  in the Gulf of Guinea.

According to security consultancy Dryad Global, Federico Martinengo had responded to a call for help by the vessel and swung into action, rescuing the injured seafarer.

Dryad Global noted that the pirates had boarded the Zhen Hua 7 pirates on Friday at a position about 80 nm to the northeast of the island of Sao Tome where 14 out of her 27 crewmembers, all of the Chinese nationals, were kidnapped.

Following the call, the Martinengo made its way towards the vessel and established communications. The Zhen Hua 7’s crew reported that the pirates had departed with the abductees and that one crewmember was injured and in need of assistance. The victim had been shot in the leg.

A boarding team from the Martinengo transferred over in a RIB to sweep the ship and ensure its safety. A medical team followed suit and helped to stabilize the victim for transport. The frigate’s helicopter transferred him safely to Sao Tome for further treatment.

At the time of the attack, the Zhen Hua 7 was adrift, in laden condition with the 8,000 dwt crane barge Sea-Commander on her main deck.

Federico Martinengo is a 2018-built FREMM-class frigate. The design serves as the basis for the U.S. Navy’s new FFG(X) frigate, the future Constellation-class.

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