RICHARDS BAY – Saturday, 11th August, 2012.
Dorian Robertson, NSRI Richards Bay station commander, said:
“On Friday, 10th of August, NSRI Richards Bay volunteer sea rescue duty crew were alerted by Netcare 911 to be on stand-by to casualty evacuate the Master of the Panamanian registered bulk carrier Cape Valencia, sailing from Singapore to Mumbai, and expected to be nearing Richards Bay at around 13h00 on Saturday, 11th August, with the Master of the ship, Captain Rajpal Singh, from India, requiring to be casualty evacuated off the ship as he is suspected to be suffering Pancreatitis.
“At 12h30, Saturday, 11th August, our NSRI Richards Bay volunteer sea rescue duty crew, accompanied by a Netcare 911 paramedic, launched our sea rescue craft Spirit of Richards Bay and responded to rendezvous with the ship 7 nautical miles off-shore of Richards Bay and the patient was stablized by the paramedic and transferred onto our sea rescue craft and he was brought into Richards Bay Port and he has been transported to hospital by a Netcare 911 ambulance in a stable condition.”
Pictures by Brynn Gericke.