Paul Hurley, NSRI St Francis Bay station commander, said: “At 23h00, Thursday, 08th October, NSRI St Francis Bay crew were activated following a request for assistance from the Chokka fishing boat SIROCCO reporting a crewman onboard suffering breathing difficulties.
“The vessel radioed Maritime Radio Services requesting assistance reporting to be deep-sea off-shore of St Francis Bay and confirmed to be making best speed towards Port St Francis.
“NSRI St Francis Bay launched the sea rescue craft SPIRIT OF ST FRANCIS II and on arrival on the scene, 17 nautical miles off-shore of the Krom River, the 50 year old fisherman, from Humansdorp, was transferred onto our sea rescue craft and treatment for breathing difficulties was initiated and continued onboard en route to our sea rescue base.
“On arrival at our sea rescue base medical treatment was continued by paramedics from Private Care ambulance services and the patient was transported to hospital in a serious but stable condition by a Private Care ambulance.”
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