Theo Erasmus, NSRI Witsand Port Beaufort station commander, said:
At 11h50, Thursday, 07th December, NSRI Witsand Port Beaufort medical crew were activated following reports from relatives of a 79 year old lady collapsed in her bathroom and that they could not gain entrance into the house.
Our NSRI medical crew responded and on arrival on the scene forced entry into the house.
The lady was found lying on the floor in the bathroom unconscious and our NSRI medics stabilised the lady.
Our NSRI medical crew provided first aid whilst WC Government Health EMS were activated.
She was taken into the care of EMS Paramedics in a stable condition and she has been transported to hospital by ambulance for further medical care.
Deon Langenhoven, NSRI Hermanus station commander, said:
At 01h03, Friday, 08th December, NSRI Hermanus duty crew were activated by the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) following a Mayday distress call intercepted by Telkom Maritime Radio Services and conveyed to MRCC (Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre) from the fishing trawler Ellis S reporting to be taking water and sinking 38 nautical miles off-shore of Hermanus.
The sea rescue craft South Star was launched and WC Government Health EMS were placed on alert.
MRCC instructed Telkom Maritime Radio Services to transmit an all ships alert and the fishing vessels Andromeda, Fuschia and Realeka and an oil tanker, Aral Sea, in the area at the time, diverted to the position of the sinking trawler.
The NSRI sea rescue craft were 14 nautical miles from the scene when it was confirmed, at 02h38, that all 22 crew members of the casualty trawler Ellis S were rescued from the Ellis S by the fishing vessel Fuschia.
Sea conditions were a 1.5 meter swell and light winds.
It appears that the casualty vessel took water in her engine room from unknown causes and despite running all bilge pumps the vessel listed and started to sink.
After motor mechanical, steering and hydraulic failure, sustained from the intake of water occurred, the ships Captain sent a Mayday distress call.
Realeka remained on-site until Ellis S sank at 03h30.
NSRI Hermanus returned to base and on Fuschia’s arrival in the Hermanus Bay our sea rescue craft South Star rendezvoused with Fuschia and all 22 crew members of Ellis S were transferred from Fuschia onto our sea rescue craft and brought to our sea rescue base.
EMS paramedics from WC Government Health EMS and EMRS (Emergency Medical and Rescue) medically checked crew and they have all been transported by EMS vehicles to hospital for further health evaluations and debriefing and treatment for shock.
All vessels that responded and Fuschia and her crew, who successfully rescued all 22 crew from the sinking fishing trawler, are commended for their efforts.
SAMSA (South African Maritime Safety Authority) will investigate the incident.
Darren Zimmerman, NSRI Simon’s Town station commander, said:
At 07h30, Friday, 08th December, NSRI Simon’s Town and CMR (Cape Medical Response) were activated following reports of a local female senior citizen in distress on Long Beach, Simon’s Town.
On arrival on the scene CMR paramedics treated the local lady, well known to Simon’s Town, who is suspected of sustaining a medical condition while swimming in shallow surf.
She was rescued from the water by family members who were with her at the time and they raised the alarm.
On arrival on the scene the lady was treated by CMR paramedics.
The lady suffered respiratory arrest and she has been transported to hospital by CMR ambulance in the care of CMR paramedics in a serious but stable condition.
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