ST FRANCIS BAY:
Sarah Smith, NSRI St Francis Bay station commander, said:
At 22h09 on Sunday the 30th of July, NSRI St Francis Bay duty crew were activated following a request for assistance from the Chokka fishing vessel Mia Baka reporting an adult male crewman on board suffering breathing difficulties.
The Chokka boat was at her fishing grounds and we requested the skipper to raise her anchor and proceed on a heading towards St Francis Bay.
The sea rescue craft Spirit of St Francis II was launched and rendezvoused with the casualty boat 3 nautical miles off Aasvogels, 27 nautical miles from Port St Francis.
On arrival onscene an NSRI medic was put aboard the vessel and medical treatment and oxygen therapy commenced.
Escorted by our sea rescue craft the casualty vessel motored to off-shore of Oyster Bay Point where the patient was transferred onto our sea rescue craft and he was brought to Port St Francis where he was taken into the care of Private Care paramedics and transported to hospital by ambulance in a serious but stable condition.
The rescue operation was completed at 02h47.
We have received reports that the patient is recovering in hospital.
TO REPORT A SEA RESCUE EMERGENCY DIAL 112 FROM A CELLPHONE