On Sunday afternoon the 9th of February, NSRI Hout Bay volunteer sea rescue duty crew were activated to rendezvous with the 23 meter fishing vessel SOUTHERN TIGER, 31 nautical miles West of Hout Bay, to provide medical support to a 66 year old fisherman suspected to have suffered a heart attack.
The fishing vessel headed towards Hout Bay while the WC Government Health EMS duty doctor relayed medical advice to the fishing crew pending the arrival of NSRI Hout Bay’s sea rescue craft NADINE GORDIMER.
On arrival on-scene an NSRI paramedic boarded the fishing vessel and rendered medical treatment to the fisherman who was in a stable condition.
The decision was taken to keep the fisherman onboard the fishing vessel rather than transfer him onto the sea rescue craft at sea. The paramedic remained onboard continuing medical treatment until the vessel arrived in Hout Bay harbour where an ER24 ambulance service crew took over his treatment and transported him to hospital by an ER24 ambulance in a stable condition.
The Sea Rescue Operation was completed at 18h17.