Casper Frylinck, NSRI Mykonos station commander, said:
At 13h00, Thursday, 26th October, NSRI Mykonos duty crew were placed on alert to prepare for a patient evacuation of an injured 24 year old crewman from the Iron Ore carrier MV Cape Enterprise that was heading towards St Helena Bay and due in the early evening.
The crewman, a South African, was suffering from an injured left thumb and the ships Master, in communications with MRCC (Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre) and a Government Health EMS duty doctor, it was deemed necessary for the crewman to be evacuated to the nearest hospital as soon as possible for further treatment.
At 16h30, NSRI Mykonos duty crew prepared the sea rescue craft for the operation and the sea rescue craft Gemini Rescuer II was towed to St Helena Bay where the sea rescue craft was launched and rendezvoused with MV Cape Enterprise 8 nautical miles off shore of St Helena Bay.
In rough seas with a 35 knot South Westerly wind and 3 to 4 meter choppy sea swells the injured sailor was found to be in a stable and satisfactory condition, walking wounded, and he was transferred onto the sea rescue craft and brought to shore and the ships agent transported the sailor to hospital for further treatment.
NSRI Mykonos duty crew returned to base.
TO REPORT A SEA RESCUE EMERGENCY DIAL 112 FROM A CELLPHONE