Titan Helicopters was asked to evacuate a Phillipino able seaman off a 322m
bulk carrier the Margot N of 255 000 gross tons, passing the Cape bound for
the far east, on Friday night.
The sailor had suffered a suspected stroke three days earlier and while his condition was
stable he required hospitalisation. The rendezvous was planned for 20h00 on
Friday evening when the vessel would have been at 7 miles from Green Point
light, but due to rapidly gathering fog it was decided to depart early and
the vessel was met at about 20 miles.
The Bell 212 helicopter was landed on deck and the patient who was able to
walk to the aircraft was checked before being boarded for the return flight
to Cape Town.
Upon arrival at the Titan Helicopters base, the area around Cape Town docks
was entirely fogbound with only the tops of the container cranes, the Port
Control tower and an oil rig visible above the fog. With a landing at the
base being impossible, the aircraft diverted to Vincent Pollotti Hospital
landing zone where it was shut down for the night. The patient was
transported by road to Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital with the Metro
paramedic in attendance.
The flight crew was as follows:
Titan pilot in command: Louis Venter, Co-pilot: Ted Huddlestone, Flight engineer: John Britton, NSRI winchman: Stuart Burgess, Metro paramedic: Gary Wokka