June 6, 2023

The Junta de Andalucía has participated in the morning of this Tuesday in the bilateral drill between Spain and Portugal that Navy has done in ayamonte with about 30 troops, including personnel from the 112 Andalusia Emergency Service, the Civil Protection and Emergencies Service of the Government Delegation in Huelva, the Andalusian Emergency Group (GREA), the National Police Attached to the Andalusian Community and the Sanitary Emergencies 061, an organization belonging to the Andalusian Health Service (SAS), extras, Puerto Deportivo de Isla Canela, APPA Ayamonte, as well as the Red Cross and Civil Protection volunteers. For its part, the Provincial Consortium of Firefighters de Huelva participates in this exercise with firefighters, a semi-rigid zodiac boat and a transport vehicle.

Around 10:30 a.m. there was a collision on the Guadiana river between a fishing boat and the tourist ferry that connects Ayamonte and Vila Real de Santo Antonio. Both vessels have communicated the incident via VHF. The event has forced the activation of the Andalusia Territorial Emergency Plan (PTEAND) in pre-emergency, the Ayamonte Municipal Emergency Plan and the Interior Maritime Plan in the alert phase and the mobilization of troops that will set up the Advanced Command Post and the Advanced Medical Post. In the development of the exercise, an operation to rescue shipwrecked people, the search for possible missing persons and the evacuation of the injured to the ports of Ayamonte and Vila Real San Antonio for their subsequent transfer to health centers and hospitals have taken place.

The Navy annually programs the exercises called MARSEC, organized by the Navy Maritime Action Force (FAM), in which realistic simulations of situations and incidents that affect Maritime Safety are carried out, collaborating with the different public administrations with liability in the maritime field. The purpose of these exercises is to improve coordination and reaction capacity among all agencies and institutions, so as to guarantee the most appropriate response to this type of emergency.

The Spanish Navy, with the Naval Command of Huelva, the Ayamonte Naval Assistantship, the Cádiz Diving Unit (UNBUDIZ) and the P-114 Patrol Boat are involved in the exercise. The Maritime Captaincy of Huelva, the Huelva Rescue Control Center (CCS), the Ayamonte City Council, have also participated, in addition to the aforementioned troops.

On the Portuguese side, the National Maritime Authority participates; Captaincy of the Port of Vila Real de Santo Antonio; Local Command of the Maritime Police of Vila Real de Santo Antonio; Tactical Actions Group of the Maritime Police; Group of Forensic Divers of the Maritime Police; Vila Real de Santo Antonio Lifeguard Station; Firefighters of Vila Real de Santo Antonio and Municipal Civil Protection of Vila Real de Santo Antonio.

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