Sea Rescue – Cape Town – 23 January, 2011: Patient casualty evacuated off ship:
At 11h37 NSRI Table Bay volunteers and Metro EMS rescue paramedics were called out to carry out the medical evacuation of a 25 year old Korean sailor from the car carrier Morning Composer, 12 nautical miles North West of Table Bay.
The sailor had fallen approximately 2 stories on the ship yesterday sustaining head and chest injuries while en-route from Lagos to Durban.
NSRI Table Bay launched our rescue craft Spirit of Vodacom, accompanied by Metro EMS rescue paramedics.
In calm seas, a Metro EMS rescue paramedic and a NSRI volunteer were put aboard the ship and the patient was secured onto a spinal board and a stokes basket stretcher. He was then lowered onto our sea rescue craft and brought into port, where he was transported to hospital by Metro.
See Robyn Silverstone’s account of the call on her blog.