Justin Erasmus, NSRI Port Elizabeth deputy station commander, said:
At 08h00 on Wednesday the 22nd of November, NSRI Port Elizabeth duty crew, accompanied by 2 EC Government Health EMS rescue paramedics, prepared to launch the sea rescue craft Spirit of Toft to respond to rendezvous with the super oil tanker Caribbean Glory, in Algoa Bay, following a request for medical assistance for a crewman reportedly suffering hypertension.
We were then released from the call after the ships medical crew confirmed that the crewman’s blood pressure had returned to normal following medication.
The Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) then diverted us to rendezvous with the fishing trawler Ubuntu following a request for medical assistance reporting a 50 year old Cape Town crew member suffering breathing difficulties onboard 6 nautical miles off-shore of Cape Recife.
We launched our sea rescue craft Spirit of Toft at 08h24 and on arrival on the scene, in unfavourable sea conditions with a 5 meter swell, we found difficulties to raft alongside the fishing trawler.
The super oil tanker Caribbean Glory were nearby at the time and we requested their assistance to come alongside the rescue operation and use their super structure to create a lee.
Caribbean Glory were happy to assist and with the lee created, we were easily able to carry out the patient evacuation off the fishing trawler. Rescue paramedics treated the patient who was brought aboard Spirit of Toft to our sea rescue base and then transported to hospital in a stable condition by EMS ambulance.
Caribbean Glory were thanked for their assistance.
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