We already know that some crews are attacked or kidnapped in the course of pirate attacks, and many are seriously hurt or killed during the incident. However, many injured crewmembers and their families continue to suffer for months or years after a pirate attack, and they sometimes have trouble getting the long-term support they need.
In a 2012 report from Oceans Beyond Piracy, along with the International Maritime Bureau and the Maritime Piracy Humanitarian Response Programme, the authors take a look at the potentially long-lasting effects suffered by seafarers after a pirate attack or hostage situation, including:
- Long-term physical effects – Physical injuries are often very serious, disabling, or disfiguring. Additionally, victims who are taken hostage may not receive adequate medical treatment or have access to supplies, medication, or clean water for long periods of time, which can create complications.
- Long-term emotional effects – Symptoms of depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) aren’t uncommon after a traumatic event like a pirate attack, and a worker may need to seek long-term counseling and treatment to effectively cope and transition into a “new normal.”
- Long-term financial effects – Some workers injured in pirate attacks have trouble getting the compensation or support they deserve from their employers, and many find they are unable to return to work. Expenses for treatment coupled with lost hours at work can add up to a financial disaster that leaves a family struggling for years, even decades.
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