Saturday, 29th December:
Bathers and beach users are requested to be cautious along the Wilderness coastline due to suspected increased inshore shark activity after a Humpback whale washed ashore late yesterday, Friday, 28th December, on Wilderness Beach.
George Municipal lifeguards, George Fire and Rescue Services, NSRI Wilderness, SA National Parks rangers, S.M.A.R.T. (Stranded Marine Animal Rescue Team) members, SA Police Services and SPCA officers responded to the scene.
Marine Authorities, the Department of Environmental Affairs – Oceans and Coasts and the SPCA are attending to the situation and Municipal Authorities are monitoring public beach safety.
Andre Fraser, NSRI Mossel Bay station commander, said:
At 20h00, Friday, 28th December, NSRI Station 15 Mossel Bay were alerted by WC Government Health EMS Metro Control of a 73 year old American man suffering a suspected Stroke (CVA – Cerebro Vascular Accident) aboard the cruise liner Seven Seas Explora and nearest Port of call Mossel Bay.
We began preparations to launch sea rescue craft and By Grace ambulance services dispatched paramedics to join in the operation.
Earlier MRCC (Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre) had been alerted and an EMS duty doctor contacted the ship in communications assisted by Telkom Maritime Radio Services and the ship was at that stage approximately 2 hours from Mossel Bay, last Port of call Cape Town and next Port of call Port Elizabeth.
NSRI Station 15 Mossel Bay dispatched 2 sea rescue craft, Rescue 15 and St Blaze Rescuer, accompanied by paramedics from By Grace ambulance services.
WC Government Health EMS remained on alert.
On arrival on the scene, 5.5 nautical miles East of Mossel Bay, in 30 to 40 knot North Easterly winds and a 3 to 4 meter sea swell, a paramedic and 2 NSRI rescue swimmers were transferred onto the ship.
The patient, in a serious but stable condition, was secured onto a stretcher and transferred onto sea rescue craft and brought to shore in the care of the paramedics and he has been transported to hospital accompanied by his wife.