Thursday, 15th May, 2014.
At 14h14, Thursday, 15th May, Plettenberg Bay duty crew were activated following a request for medical assistance from the long line fishing trawler SHIRON (of the Humansdorp based Shiron Fishing Enterprises) reporting a 28 year old Port Elizabeth crewman to be suffering Epistaxis (a nose bleed) that won’t stop bleeding despite efforts by the patient and crew to stop the bleeding.
Andries Coetzee, NSRI Plettenberg Bay deputy station commander, said: “The trawler was at fishing grounds 45 nautical miles off-shore and reported to be heading towards Plettenberg Bay after the nose bleed could not be stopped.
“Our NSRI Plettenberg Bay volunteer sea rescue duty crew launched our sea rescue craft LEONARD SMITH and rendezvoused with the fishing trawler 28 nautical miles off-shore in a 15 knot wind and 4 to 5 meter swells.
“On arrival on-scene the fisherman was taken aboard our sea rescue craft and brought to our sea rescue station in Plettenberg Bay and loaded into a Medlife ambulance and transported to hospital for further treatment.”