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Early psychological care of the French victims of the Costa Concordia shipwreck

R. Toesca, V. Guyon, M. Marchand, J. Bessereau, F. Abbona, K. Amérigo, F. Beaurain, P.M. Brun, I. Chaume, L. Cochet, M. Costa, D. Cremniter, A. De Olivera, A. Desplantes, S. Duval, J.L. Fallot, M. Garcia, P. Garry, X. Gourdon, S. Martignoni, D. Meyran, P. Michelet, V. Nahmias, C. N’Guyen, J. Nguyen, F. Perrion, C. Petaroscia, P. Pinzelli, A. Puget, S. Pugliarese, E. Richard, S. Rougier, N. Roy, D. Zekri, F. Topin, J.P. Auffray, J.C. Samuelian
International Maritime Health 2013;64(1):2-6.

open access

Vol 64, No 1 (2013)
ORIGINAL ARTICLES
Submitted: 2013-05-08
Accepted: 2013-05-08
Published online: 2013-05-01

Abstract

Most of the French passengers who survived the shipwreck of the cruise ship Costa Concordia were repatriatedfrom Italy to Marseille, one of the stopovers of the cruise. The shipwreck happened during the nightof 13th–14th January 2012 and entailed the forced evacuation of 4195 passengers and crewmembers.Thirty-two persons died and 2 others are still reported missing. The massive and unexpected inflow of402 French citizens in the port of Marseille required the quick setting up of welcome facilities, not only tosolve logistical problems, but also to address psychological and sometimes even medical problems. ThePrehospital Psychological Emergency Service (CUMP) and the Prehospital Emergency Medical Service(SAMU) of Marseille examined 196 persons in total, and were able to avoid a great number of emergencyadmissions deemed necessary because of difficult psychological situations (death, missing or lost persons,acute stress). The objective of this report is to rapidly present the emergency committee as a whole andto describe in more detail the work that the CUMP accomplished during the 36 hours necessary to takecharge of the majority of the French passengers of the Costa Concordia.

Abstract

Most of the French passengers who survived the shipwreck of the cruise ship Costa Concordia were repatriatedfrom Italy to Marseille, one of the stopovers of the cruise. The shipwreck happened during the nightof 13th–14th January 2012 and entailed the forced evacuation of 4195 passengers and crewmembers.Thirty-two persons died and 2 others are still reported missing. The massive and unexpected inflow of402 French citizens in the port of Marseille required the quick setting up of welcome facilities, not only tosolve logistical problems, but also to address psychological and sometimes even medical problems. ThePrehospital Psychological Emergency Service (CUMP) and the Prehospital Emergency Medical Service(SAMU) of Marseille examined 196 persons in total, and were able to avoid a great number of emergencyadmissions deemed necessary because of difficult psychological situations (death, missing or lost persons,acute stress). The objective of this report is to rapidly present the emergency committee as a whole andto describe in more detail the work that the CUMP accomplished during the 36 hours necessary to takecharge of the majority of the French passengers of the Costa Concordia.
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Keywords

shipwreck, rescued, acute stress, Prehospital Psychological Emergency Service, drowning

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Title

Early psychological care of the French victims of the Costa Concordia shipwreck

Journal

International Maritime Health

Issue

Vol 64, No 1 (2013)

Pages

2-6

Published online

2013-05-01

Bibliographic record

International Maritime Health 2013;64(1):2-6.

Keywords

shipwreck
rescued
acute stress
Prehospital Psychological Emergency Service
drowning

Authors

R. Toesca
V. Guyon
M. Marchand
J. Bessereau
F. Abbona
K. Amérigo
F. Beaurain
P.M. Brun
I. Chaume
L. Cochet
M. Costa
D. Cremniter
A. De Olivera
A. Desplantes
S. Duval
J.L. Fallot
M. Garcia
P. Garry
X. Gourdon
S. Martignoni
D. Meyran
P. Michelet
V. Nahmias
C. N’Guyen
J. Nguyen
F. Perrion
C. Petaroscia
P. Pinzelli
A. Puget
S. Pugliarese
E. Richard
S. Rougier
N. Roy
D. Zekri
F. Topin
J.P. Auffray
J.C. Samuelian

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