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Yemeni authorities requested help from a nearby NATO naval force, and the nearest ship, a Canadian Navy vessel HMCS Toronto, was reported to be aiding the Yemeni coastguard. Other ships from NATO Standing NRF Maritime Group 1 assisted in the rescue and recovery effort, including the USS Bainbridge; the Bainbridge and Toronto each rescued one survivor. The Portuguese frigate NRP Álvares Cabral and the Dutch frigate HNLMS Evertsen were first on the scene. Both survivors were rescued after over 20 hours in the water, just as the task force was preparing to close down its search. A Canadian officer described a “spectacular backdrop of erupting lava and shooting flames” faced by search parties in small boats.
It is certainly true that Yemen is not considered to be part of Africa, but that designation is as much political as geographic. Moreover, the history of Yemen is so intimately tied to Africa that the separation exists principally in the minds of Westerners. The African continent still faces a serious capacity crisis. Note that in the paragraph posted above, none of the first responders (by ship) hailed from African nations. The ships appeared to arrive almost in order of their colonial past: first the Portuguese, then the Dutch. This story may not be wholly accurate, but it is cause for concern, and evidence of a troubling condition.