At 20h30 on Wednesday the 28th of May, NSRI Table Bay volunteer sea rescue duty crew were activated by the Transnet National Ports Authority following a request for medical assistance from the 177 meter bulk carrier STRATEGIC ENCOUNTER, sailing from Durban to Argentina, reporting a 28 year old crewman on board suspected to be suffering an asthma attack and short of breath.
Our NSRI Table Bay volunteer sea rescue duty crew, accompanied by WC Government Health EMS rescue paramedics, launched our sea rescue craft SPIRIT OF VODACOM and responded.
On arrival on-scene, 5 nautical miles off Table Bay Port, an NSRI rescue crewman and an EMS rescue paramedic were transferred aboard the ship. Sadly the man, believed to be from Myanmar, was confirmed to be deceased.
The owners of the ship and their ships agents are arranging transportation and care of the body of the deceased.