Stuart Burgess, who has been a volunteer with NSRI since 1992, is joining Dredging International (www.deme.be) as their regional QHSE-S (quality, health, safey, environment and security) manager for Australia, Asia and Oceania. He will be based in Perth.
Stuart was Station commander at Gordons Bay for 8 years and is a founder member of the Air Sea Rescue team, established with the Airforce in 2002. He has flown six search missions with the SAAF’s 35 squadron and around 24 missions with the CHC/ Titan Highline team, after joining them in 2004. He has more sea rescue operations under his belt than he can remember – always the first to volunteer he was on a mission with the Titan helicopter again this weekend … a week before he leaves for Aussie.
On Sunday 24 July the Sea Rescue Titan Helicopters Highline team was activated to assist with the evacuation of a an ill seaman off a gas carrier LNG Bayelsa passing the Cape from Kuwait bound for Spain. The team consisted of pilots John Pocock and Janneman Erasmus, flight engineer John Britton, Metro paramedic Shaheed Osmond and Sea Rescue winchman Stuart Burgess. They took off in a Titan Bell 212 at approximately midday and met up with the vessel approximately seven miles northwest of Cape Town. The large spherical tanks on the vessel made landing on the ship impossible and necessitated a winch evacuation from the poop deck.
Conditions on scene were tricky with a south easterly wind gusting in excess of forty knots with turbulence over the vessel’s superstructure making winching difficult. Upon return to Cape Town the patient was transported to Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital for assessment.