Lorenzo Taverna-Turisan, NSRI Durban deputy station commander, said:
At 13h17, Thursday, 25th October, NSRI Durban duty crew were activated by the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) following a request for medical assistance for a crewman suffering a medical emergency on a ship at anchorage off-shore of the Port of Durban.
The sea rescue craft Eikos Rescuer II was launched accompanied by Netcare 911 rescue paramedics and Police Search and Rescue officers.
On arrival on the scene an NSRI rescue swimmer, a Netcare 911 rescue paramedic and a Police Search and Rescue rescue officer boarded the ship.
The patient was stabilised and a high angle extrication device rigged and the patient, secured into a Stokes basket stretcher, was hoisted onto our sea rescue craft.
In the care of paramedics the patient, an foreign adult male, was brought to our sea rescue base and he has been transported to hospital by Netcare 911 ambulance in a serious but stable condition.