SEA RESCUE – Table Bay – Tuesday, 07th October, 2014. Injured sailor patient evacuated off ship:
Pat van Eyssen, NSRI Table Bay station commander, said:
“At 21h40, Tuesday, 07th October, NSRI Table Bay volunteer sea rescue duty crew were activated by the Transnet National Ports Authority to respond to rendezvous with the 225 meter ship BW PRINCE to patient evacuate a 39 year old Filipino crewman suffering 3rd degree burns to his left leg and needing to be taken to a hospital.
“Our NSRI Table Bay volunteer sea rescue duty crew launched our sea rescue craft SPIRIT OF VODACOM accompanied by two WC Government Health EMS rescue paramedics and rendezvoused with the ship approximately 12 nautical miles off-shore of the Mouille Point Lighthouse.
“On arrival on-scene an EMS rescue paramedic and an NSRI crewman were transferred aboard the ship and the patient, found to be in a serious but stable condition, was transferred onto our sea rescue craft and brought to shore and an EMS ambulance has transported the patient, in a stable condition, to hospital for further treatment.
“It appears that the sailor had been burnt accidentally by boiling water that splashed on his thigh and on his leg on Saturday the 4th October and the ship, sailing from Nigeria to Singapore, had diverted to the nearest Port, Cape Town, while ships medics treated the patient onboard with additional medical advice from land based doctors.
“The operation was completed at 01h30 (Wednesday, 08th October).”