Andre Fletcher , NSRI Durban station commander, said:
A 46 year old Romanian ships crewman has been safely patient evacuated off a crude oil tanker, 6 nautical miles off-shore of the Port of Durban, this morning, Friday, 09 August.
NSRI Durban rescue swimmers, Netcare 911 rescue paramedics and an SA Air Force Flight team in a SA Air Force 15 Squadron Oryx helicopter carried out the operation successfully.
The patient, suffering a medical emergency, has been airlifted to hospital in a serious but stable condition for further medical treatment.
The Airborne Sea Rescue operation was initiated last night to be carried out at first light this morning.
Telkom Maritime Radio Services assisted with marine radio communications.
Pictures by NSRI DURBAN – Photos taken during this mornings patient evacuation. Operation in Durban.
TO REPORT A SEA RESCUE EMERGENCY DIAL 112 FROM A CELLPHONE