Ian Gray, NSRI Port Elizabeth station commander, said:
At 08h45, Saturday, 24th November, NSRI Port Elizabeth duty crew were activated by TNPA (Transnet National Ports Authority) following a request for medical assistance from an oil tanker, at anchorage off-shore of the Port of Port Elizabeth, reporting 2 crewmen injured from a fall onboard the ship.
MRCC (Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre) arranged a Government Health EMS duty doctor to evaluate the patients conditions.
The sea rescue craft Spirit of Toft and JLK Rescuer were launched accompanied by EC Government Health EMS rescue paramedics.
On arrival on the scene NSRI and EMS crew were put onto the ship and led by the ships crew to the patients who were at the ships sick bay, one patient was found to be in a satisfactory condition with only scratches and bruising and not requiring further medical care and one patient, an Indian crewman, was found to be suffering more serious injuries.
The patient was treated for his injuries and stabilised and secured into a Stokes basket stretcher and transferred onto the sea rescue craft using the ships crane.
The patient was brought to our sea rescue station in the care of the EMS rescue paramedics in a stable but serious condition and he has been transported to hospital by EMS ambulance.
At 16h00, Saturday, 24th November, NSRI Port Elizabeth duty crew were activated by TNPA (Transnet National Ports Authority) following a report of 3 local men on a rubber duck with motor mechanical failure and drifting towards the Koega harbour wall.
They put to anchor to prevent further drift and our sea rescue craft JLK Rescuer was launched.
On arrival on the scene, 11 nautical miles from our NSRI base, all 3 men were found safe. A towline was rigged to the casualty craft and we towed them to our NSRI base in the Port of Port Elizabeth and arrangements were made to collect their trailer at Swartkops River Mouth and their rubber-duck was recovered and no further assistance was required.
BRENTON-ON-SEA: SAFETY ALERT – INCEASED SHARK ACTIVITY:
Jerome Simonis, NSRI Knysna station commander, said:
NSRI Knysna and the Knysna Municipal authorities are urging caution along the Knysna and Brenton-on-Sea coastline following a whale carcass washed ashore.
Increased in-shore shark activity is expected due to sharks being naturally attracted to the decaying whale carcass.
Bathers and paddlers are urged to be cautious.
Brenton-on-Sea beach has been closed to bathing by Knysna Municipality.
ST FRANCIS BAY:
Neil Jones, NSRI St Francis duty coxswain, said:
At 04h30, Sunday, 25th November, NSRI St Francis Bay duty crew were activated following a request for medical assistance from a local Chokka fishing boat with crewman suffering suspected dehydration.
Our sea rescue craft Spirit of St Francis II was launched and we rendezvoused with the Chokka boat 6 nautical miles West of Oyster Bay and 3 nautical miles off-shore.
The patient, walking wounded, was transferred onto our sea rescue craft and brought to our sea rescue base in the Port of St Francis and he will make own arrangements to see a doctor.
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