Seven Portuguese Navy soldiers suffered a car accident this Saturday on the Cape Verdean island of Santo Antão, during a leisure visit, and were transported to the Porto Novo Health Centre, two of which inspire care.
A source from the Santo Antão regional command of the National Police told Lusa that the seven sailors had arrived on the neighboring island of São Vicente on October 28, as part of a cooperation program with the Cape Verdean Coast Guard, aboard the ship. hydro-oceanographic D. Carlos I, of the Portuguese Navy.
“On Friday they traveled here to Porto Novo and today they were heading to a tourist site called Tarrafal de Monte Trigo. Along the way, on the road, there was an accident. , lost control and the vehicle ended up overturning, “reported the source.
He added that all seven Portuguese sailors suffered injuries and had to be transported to the Porto Novo Health Center, with “two inspiring more care”, admitting the possibility of having to be transported to the hospital in São Vicente.
The hydro-oceanographic vessel D. Carlos I arrived in Mindelo, in São Vicente, on October 28, to carry out an oceanographic and microplastics control campaign off the Cape Verde archipelago.
The ship left the Lisbon Naval Base on October 18, 2021, as part of the National Force Detached for a mission “Open Sea Initiative 2021.2”, which runs until January 15, 2022.
In Cape Verde, a mission of the Portuguese Navy ship, which provides for bilateral and multilateral cooperation actions, presence and naval diplomacy, “contributing to maritime security in the area of operations corresponding to the geographic space of the Gulf of Guinea”, includes stopovers in the port of Praia from November 5th to 7th, where today the visit of the Minister of National Defense, João Gomes Cravinho, who visited the Cape Verdean capital. It should return from 15 to 19 November to Porto Grande, in São Vicente.
The Detached National Force is found by the Ship of the Portuguese Republic (NRP) D. Carlos I, with 51 soldiers on board, including a team of fusers and a reinforced security team. Throughout the mission, multidisciplinary teams of scientists from the Hydrographic Institute are expected to embark in Angola and in the Cape Verde archipelago, “to pursue the work within the scope of scientific cooperation of a hydro-oceanographic nature”.
The “Mar Aberto Initiative 2021.2” aims to “contribute to maritime situational knowledge, scientific development and cooperative security on the West African coast”, in “pursuing national foreign policy objectives in the fulfillment of international commitments assumed by Portugal” before the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP), namely, Cape Verde, Angola and São Tomé and Príncipe.