YZERFONTEIN – Saturday 29th October 2011. Fisherman suffers fatal heart attack:
At 12h34 on Saturday 29th October our duty crew, on routine duty and at the main slip-way at Yzerfontein harbour, were alerted by the skipper of a 6.5 meter Snoek fishing boat, NATABI, that they were racing towards shore with a crewman onboard who had collapsed and was unconscious.
They reported that they would be in the harbour in under ten minutes and they requested NSRI to please be ready with medical support to receive them and attend to the fisherman, a 58 year old local man.
We made ready at the harbour to receive the patient and paramedics from Atlantic Medical Services, who were standing-by on routine duty with our sea rescue crew at the harbour, got their emergency medical equipment ready.
On the arrival of the fishing boat, NSRI medics and Atlantic Medical Services paramedics found the patient to be pulseless and breathless and Advanced Life Support CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) was initiated.
After extensive efforts to resuscitate the patient were exhausted the man was sadly declared dead.
The body of the man has been handed into the care of the Forensic Pathology Services and Police have opened an inquest docket.
The deceased fisherman’s family are being attended to by trauma counselors and the NSRI is not releasing the mans name.