Patient evacuation off ship – Port Elizabeth. Charter boat assisted – Mykonos

NSRI rescue crew and EMS rescue paramedic board the MV Championship.



Justin Erasmus, NSRI Port Elizabeth station commander, said:

At 07h00, Wednesday, 07th March, NSRI Port Elizabeth duty crew, accompanied by an EC Government Health EMS rescue paramedic, aboard our sea rescue craft Spirit of Toft, launched to rendezvous with the bulk carrier Championship, sailing from Brazil to Singapore, to patient evacuate a crewman, aged 33, from Russia, suffering complications to a previous injury to the upper thigh.

NSRI Port Elizabeth had been alerted by the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) at 22h00 on Tuesday, 06th March, and informed that the ship will be nearing Port the following early morning.

On arrival on the scene, 8.5 nautical miles off-shore of the Port of Port Elizabeth, NSRI rescue crew and the EMS rescue paramedic boarded the ship and the patient was found to be in a stable condition and requiring to be stretcher bound.

A high angle lowering system was prepared and the patient was secured into a Stokes basket stretcher and transferred from the ship onto the sea rescue craft and brought safely into Port without incident in the care of the EMS rescue paramedic and he has been transported to hospital by EMS ambulance in a stable condition for further care.



Casper Frylinck, NSRI Mykonos station commander, said:

At 13h50, Wednesday, 07th March, NSRI Mykonos duty crew were activated following a request for urgent assistance from a local charter ski-boat reporting motor mechanical failure and dragging her anchor and risk of running onto rocks with 7 passengers and crew onboard at Malgas.

The sea rescue craft Spirit of Surfski 5 was launched and while responding to the scene it was confirmed that the owners had arranged their own service rubber-duck to yow them out of danger, out towards deep-sea.

On our arrival on the scene we found the casualty craft a safe distance from shore.  3 of the passengers had been taken off by the rubber-duck and taken safely ashore at Mykonos.

We took 3 passengers off the casualty craft, a towline was rigged, and with the skipper at the helm of the casualty craft we towed the casualty craft to Mykonos Marina without incident and once all crew and passengers were safely ashore and the casualty boat moored no further assistance was required.


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