Kim Germishuys, NSRI ASR (Air Sea Rescue) rescue coordinator, said:At 13h30, Saturday, 05th August, NSRI Richards Bay duty crew and the NSRI ASR (Air Sea Rescue) were alerted by the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) following reports of a seaman suffering a reported lower back injury and requiring to be patient evacuated to hospital from the gas carrier the MV PGC Strident Force, sailing from the Suez Canal to Richards Bay, and approximately 4 nautical miles South West of Richards Bay.
The Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) helicopter was tasked to carry out the operation and NSRI Richards Bay were placed on alert.
The helicopter, with the TNPA flight crew, Pilot in Command Iefan Blake, Co-Pilot Lourens Goosen, Hoist Operator Le Roux Janse van Vuuren, and accompanied by Meditrax rescue paramedic, Richard Schouten & NSRI ASR rescue swimmer Kim Germishuys rendezvoused with the ship 4 nautical miles off-shore.
The paramedic and rescue swimmer were hoisted from the helicopter by hoist winch onto the ships deck and were met by ships crew who escorted them to the casualty.
The casualty, a 47 year old Filipino male, was assessed by the paramedic and then secured into a specialised hoisting stretcher in a stable condition and hoisted into the helicopter and in the medical care of the paramedic he was airlifted to the helicopter base and he has been transported to hospital by a Meditrax ambulance in a stable condition.
The operation was completed at 15h53.
Pictures by NSRI ASR (Air Sea Rescue): The patient secured into a stretcher being brought to the staging area onboard the vessel assisted by the ships crew and the TNPA helicopter.