Patient evacuated off ship, East London & Wind-surfer rescued, Saldanha Bay
At 15h00 on Wednesday the 16th of September, NSRI East London duty crew were placed on alert by the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) reporting the 200 meter bulk carrier AFRICAN STARLING, sailing from Brazil to Singapore, heading towards East London from deep seas to launch for a medical evacuation once the ship got closer to East London for a crewman onboard suffering a laceration under his right arm and injuries to his right side.
Geoff McGregor, NSRI East London station commander, said:“At 23h30, with the vessel 10 nautical miles off East London, NSRI East London launched the sea rescue craft SPIRIT OF LOTTO accompanied by EMS rescue paramedics and on arrival on the scene the injured Indian sailor was transferred aboard the sea rescue craft and brought to shore in a stable condition and transported to hospital by EMS ambulance for further treatment. ”
On Sunday, 20th September, at 13h34 NSRI Mykonos launched the sea rescue craft GEMINI RESCUER II following reports of a windsurfer in difficulty in the Bay at Saldanha Bay.
On arrival on the scene, 400 meters off-shore, a local 43 year old man was found safe but hypothermic after being unable to get his sail up while wind surfing.
The man was taken aboard the sea rescue craft and his board and sail were recovered and he was brought to shore and provided with some re-warming therapy and released requiring no further assistance.
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