Sea Rescue – Knysna and Cape Town – 28 January, 2011: 2 seamen treated in separate incidents.:
At 05h50 NSRI Knysna were called out following a request for medical assistance from the fishing ski-boat Equinox reporting a crewman onboard suffering a severe ankle injury sustained when their boat hit a large wave while heading out to sea through the Knysna Heads.
NSRI volunteers met up with the boat at the ‘swimming area’ where the patient, a 55 year old Knysna man was treated for an ankle fracture. He was transported to hospital by an ER-24 ambulance in a stable but serious condition where he is undergoing surgery.
At 09h30 NSRI Table Bay volunteers launched our sea rescue craft Spirit of Vodacom accompanied by Metro EMS rescue paramedics to evacuate the 50 year old Master of the Ship who has sustained an achilles tendon injury on the 365 metre container ship CMA CGM Magillon.
We rendezvoused with the ship 12 nautical miles off Cape Town where sea conditions were not favorable for the transfer, so the ship was asked to steam closer to the shore. The Metro EMS rescue paramedic was then transferred onto the ship, and the patient stabilised. He was then hoisted, using high angle rescue equipment, onto our rescue craft and the patient, from Croatia, was brought safely into port and transported to hospital by a Metro EMS ambulance in a stable condition.
During the operation a relief Master of the ship was transferred onto the ship to take over at the helm.