Reinard Geldenhuys, NSRI Agulhas station commander, said: “At 10h40 NSRI Agulhas crew were activated following reports of a fisherman suffered a suspected heart attack onboard the fishing vessel MAVERICK and the vessels Captain requested urgent medical assistance reporting to have initiated Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) on the 64 year old Struisbaai fisherman.
“Our NSRI crew launched our sea rescue craft VODACOM RESCUER VII and the Working on Fire helicopter, accompanied by an NSRI rescue swimmer and a paramedic, responded while a WC Government Health EMS ambulance and our local Struisbaai doctor responded to Struisbaai harbour to stand-by.
“5 nautical miles off the Agulhas lighthouse, the NSRI rescue swimmer was hoisted from the helicopter onto the casualty boat MAVERICK and the patient was secured into a stretcher. On arrival of the sea rescue craft the patient was transferred onto the sea rescue craft and then hoisted from the sea rescue craft into the helicopter.
“Despite the extensive medical rescue effort on the helicopters arrival in Struisbaai the doctor declared the man to be deceased. “It is believed that the man suffered a heart attack. “The body of the man was taken into the care of EMS.”