Sea Rescue – Table Bay – 14 April, 2011: Heart Attack victim evacuated off container ship in rough seas:
At 23h23 NSRI Table Bay volunteers were called out by the Transnet National Ports Authority for a 44 year old Sri-Lankan crewman onboard the 212 meter container ship City of Hong Kong suffering a suspected Myocardial Infarction (heart attack).
Our NSRI Table Bay volunteer duty crew, a Metro EMS rescue paramedic and a high angle rescue team were activated to respond to our sea rescue base to assist in the rescue operation.
Spirit of Vodacom was launched and on arrival on-scene, 9 nautical miles north of Cape Town, in 5 to 7 meter swells and 45 knot South Easterly wind, two Metro EMS rescue paramedics were transferred aboard the ship. Using high angle equipment and the ships crane. The patient was stabilized on-board the ship by the paramedics and loaded into a Stokes basket stretcher before being transferred onto our sea rescue craft, again using the ships crane.
The operation was carried out off the ships stern due to very rough sea conditions.
The patient was brought to our sea rescue base and transferred into a waiting Metro EMS ambulance. He is in a stable condition.
The operation was completed at 03h00 this morning.