Ross Badenhorst, NSRI Plettenberg Bay duty controller, said:
At 14h38, Wednesday, 14th March, NSRI Plettenberg Bay duty crew were activated following reports from a local lady who had happened upon a French woman, age 47, with 2 fellow female French hikers, suffering dizzy spells suspected to be from dehydration during a walk at Himalayas, Robberg Peninsula.
NSRI medics responded, and on arrival on the scene, medical care was provided to the lady suffering suspected dehydration. We were able to walk the patient to the Robberg Nature Reserve car park without incident.
A Medlife ambulance was activated and the patient was transported to hospital by ambulance in a stable condition where following medical treatment, she was released from hospital in good health.
Ian Gray, NSRI Port Elizabeth station commander, said:
At 09h00, Thursday, 15th March, NSRI Port Elizabeth and NSRI ASR (Airborne Sea Rescue) were alerted to reports of a 35 year old Chinese male sailor injured with burns to the face onboard the Chinese Bulk Carrier Pacific Garnet.
The ship had alerted MRCC (Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre) on Wednesday reporting the injury to the sailor. The ship was diverted to head towards Port Elizabeth.
An SA Air Force (SAAF) 15 Squadron Charlie Flight helicopter was activated by MRCC and accompanied by an EC Government Health EMS rescue paramedic and 2 NSRI ASR rescue swimmers. An airborne rescue operation aboard a SAAF 15 Squadron Charlie Flight BK-117 helicopter launched and rendezvoused with the vessel 18 nautical miles off Kenton-On-Sea.
NSRI Port Elizabeth duty crew were placed on high alert. Telkom Maritime Radio Services assisted with Marine VHF radio communications.
The helicopter landed onboard and the EMS rescue paramedic and 2 NSRI rescue swimmers deplaned and were taken to the patient onboard the ship who was in the care of ships medics and found him to be in a stable condition with facial burns believed to have been sustained while welding.
The patient, (walking wounded), was taken on board the helicopter and in the care of the EMS rescue paramedic he was airlifted to hospital in Port Elizabeth.
SA Police Services and EMS were on the scene at the hospital to receive the patient and Nelson Mandela Bay Traffic Services assisted at the hospital landing zone.
On the SAAF helicopter’s arrival at the hospital the patient has been taken into the care of hospital staff for further treatment.
All services involved are commended for their assistance in this operation which was completed at 13h00.
Pictures attached: By NSRI ASR: EMS and NSRI attend to the patient onboard the Pacific Garnet. A SAAF 15 Squadron Charlie Flight BK-117 helicopter circles the ship while rescuers onboard tend to the patient.
TO REPORT A SEA RESCUE EMERGENCY DIAL 112 FROM A CELLPHONE