Jonathan Kellerman, NSRI Durban station commander, said:
At 05h41, Friday, 20th September, NSRI Durban duty crew, accompanied by Netcare 911 rescue paramedics, launched the sea rescue craft Alick Rennie to rendezvous with a bulk carrier nearing Durban to patient evacuate a 32 year old Indonesian sailor suffering a medical complaint.
The patient had been monitored by a Government Health EMS duty doctor over the past 2 days and the patient evacuation was arranged for Friday morning as the ship approached nearer to her next Port of call, Durban.
MRCC (Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre), NSRI EOC (Emergency Operations Centre), TNPA (Transnet National Ports Authority) and Telkom Maritime Radio Services assisted in coordination and communications during the operation.
We rendezvoused with the bulk carrier 10 nautical miles off-shore of the Port of Durban and the patient, in a stable condition, was transferred onto our sea rescue craft and taken into the care of the Netcare 911 rescue paramedics.
The patient was brought to our NSRI rescue base, Station 5, in the Port of Durban, and he has been transported to hospital for further care by Netcare 911 ambulance.