Clifford Ireland, NSRI Durban station commander, said:
From 06h00 this morning, Tuesday, 30th January, NSRI Durban duty crew, NSRI ASR (Airborne sea rescue) rescue swimmers, the SA Air Force (SAAF) 15 Squadron and Netcare 911 rescue paramedics prepared to depart from Durban to rendezvous with the ship MV Lake D 50 nautical miles off-shore of Durban to patient evacuate a 47 year old Filipino sailor suffering a Stroke (CVA).
The Airborne Sea Rescue team had been alerted the day before and the ship was due to be closer to Durban by early morning on Tuesday.
The rescue operation conducted by a SAAF 15 Squadron Oryx helicopter rendezvoused with the ship 50 nautical miles off-shore of Durban. NSRI rescue swimmers and Netcare 911 rescue paramedics were hoisted aboard the ship and the patient, in a serious but stable condition, was hoisted into the helicopter and he has been airlifted to hospital in Durban.
Alan Meiklejohn, NSRI Gordons Bay station commander, said:
At 09h01, Tuesday, 30th January, NSRI Gordon’s bay duty crew were activated following reports of an approximately 1.8 meter Ragged Tooth shark beached at Greenways, Strand.
An NSRI team was dispatched to investigate and a shark in an extremely unhealthy state was found washed ashore.
Authorities were alerted and NSRI rescue swimmers, using a Stokes basket stretcher, to give the shark any chance of survival, have carried the shark further out to sea where the shark was released into a gully into flowing water.
City of Cape Town Marine Animal Stranding Network are alerted and are investigating to see if at high tide the shark washes ashore.
TO REPORT A SEA RESCUE EMERGENCY DIAL 112 FROM A CELLPHONE