SEA RESCUE – Port Elizabeth and Plettenberg Bay – Tuesday, 29th December. Patient evacuation, Port Elizabeth. 2 incidents in Plettenberg Bay:
At 12h40, Tuesday, 29th December, NSRI Plettenberg Bay activated to assist lifeguards and an NSRI Table Bay crewman who was assisting lifeguards between Robberg 5 beach and Solar Beach where the lifeguards had rescued a 20 year old local man who was caught in rip currents while swimming.
The man was treated for non-fatal drowning symptoms and transported to hospital by ambulance in a stable condition.
At 15h00 NSRI Plettenberg Bay duty crew launched sea rescue craft following reports of a local mother and her 7 year old son rescued by a family on a boat.
It appears that the mother and son were swimming around a houseboat at anchor, at Poortjies Lagoon by the Keurbooms River, when it is believed that currents dragged the 7 year old under the boat. The mother reportedly tried to assist but got into difficulty herself.
A family, visiting Plettenberg Bay and believed to be ex residents of Plettenberg Bay, came to their assistance and were able to rescue both out of the water before calling NSRI for assistance.
WC Government Health EMS ambulance also responded.
On arrival on the scene NSRI medics treated the mother and child for non-fatal drowning symptoms and both were transported to hospital in stable conditions by EMS ambulance for observation for secondary drowning.
At 04h00, Tuesday, 29th December, NSRI Port Elizabeth duty crew were activated by the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) following a request for medical assistance from the container vessel Pacific Queen reporting a 30 year old Ethiopian crewman to be suffering suspected Malaria.
NSRI Port Elizabeth dispatched sea rescue craft, accompanied by EC Government Health EMS rescue paramedics, to rendezvous with the vessel 15 nautical miles off-shore and the patient was brought safely to shore in a stable condition aboard the sea rescue craft and transported to hospital by EMS ambulance.
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