Jacque Kruger, NSRI Richards Bay duty coxswain, said:
At 05h00, Saturday, 12th May, NSRI Richards Bay duty crew were activated by the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) to rendezvous with the motor vessel Medi Hong Kong, sailing from United Arab Emirates, to patient evacuate a 27 year old Indian sailor suffering suspected Malaria.
The sea rescue craft Spirit of Round Table II was launched accompanied by a KZN Government Health EMS rescue paramedic and we rendezvoused with the ship 25 nautical miles off-shore.
Telkom Maritime Radio Services assisted with communications.
The EMS rescue paramedic was taken onboard the ship to medically assess and the patient, in a stable condition, was transferred onto our sea rescue craft and brought to our sea rescue station. He has been transported to hospital by an EMS ambulance.
We were first alerted on Wednesday and MRCC (Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre) and a Government Health EMS duty doctor had monitored the patients medical condition pending a patient evacuation while the ship was deep sea and on approaching Richards Bay in the early hours of Saturday morning the patient evacuation was authorised and TNPA activated our NSRI Richards Bay duty crew.
Luke van Riet, NSRI Bakoven deputy station commander, said:
At 15h49, Thursday, 10th May, NSRI Bakoven duty crew launched the sea rescue craft Rotarian Schipper following reports of a swimmer suspected to be in difficulty off-shore of Bakoven.
The NSRI Table Bay rescue vehicle and a Camps Bay Community Safety Initiative response officer responded to assist but following an extensive sea and shoreline search no sign of any person in difficulty was found and no reports of any swimmer missing or overdue has been reported.
On Saturday, 12th May, at 12h39, NSRI Bakoven duty crew were alerted to a man and his dog in difficulty in the water at Bakoven.
It appears that the dog was suspected to be in difficulty while swimming in the water and the dogs owner had jumped into the water to assist.
NSRI Bakoven rescue swimmers responded and NSRI Table Bay, who had the rescue craft Spirit of Day on the water at the time, started to make their way in that direction but it was then confirmed that both the dog and its owner were safely out of the water and not injured and NSRI stood down, no longer required.
At 18h04, Saturday, 12th May, NSRI Bakoven duty crew were alerted by eye-witnesses suspecting 2 swimmers to be in difficulty at Clifton 4th Beach.
Following investigations no sign of anyone in difficulty was found and we believe that 2 males swimming between Clifton 4th Beach and Clifton 1st Beach were safely out the water.
NSRI commend the eye-witnesses for their vigilance.
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