Mossel Bay – Tuesday 23 August 2011: NSRI and Metro EMS evacuate injured fisherman from fishing trawler:
At 01h01 on Tuesday 23 August, 2011 our Mossel Bay volunteer duty crew were called out by the Transnet National Ports Authority following a request for medical assistance for a 71 year old man with a fractured arm.Deck gear had collapsed onto him, while the 20 meter fishing trawler NIMO was at fishing grounds 30 nautical miles off Mossel Bay.
The trawler had begun heading towards Mossel Bay and we launched our sea rescue craft VODACOM RESCUER in a calm sea state. Accompanied by a Metro EMS rescue paramedic, we rendezvoused with NIMO at 03h17 thirteen nautical nautical miles of Mossel Bay.
The Metro EMS paramedic was transferred onto the fishing trawler and the patient was found to be in a stable but serious condition suffering a fractured left arm and contusions to the head and upper back.
Treatment was initiated, the patient was stabilized and secured into a Stokes basket stretcher and transferred onto our sea rescue boat. At 04h30 he was transferred into a Metro EMS ambulance and transported to hospital for further treatment.