Justin Erasmus, NSRI Port Elizabeth station commander, said:
At 14h13, Wednesday, 23rd October, NSRI Port Elizabeth duty crew launched the sea rescue craft Spirit of Toft, accompanied by EC Government Health EMS rescue paramedics, to rendezvous with a bulk carrier approaching the coast of Port Elizabeth to patient evacuate a 45 year old crewman suffering a medical complaint requiring treatment in hospital.
The Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA), MRCC (Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre), Telkom Maritime Radio Services, a Government Health EMS duty doctor and NSRI EOC (Emergency Operations Centre) assisted in communications, logistics and coordination of the operation.
On arrival on the scene the patient, in a stable condition, was transferred onto the sea rescue craft and brought to our sea rescue base in the care of the rescue paramedics and a ships agent has transported the patient to hospital for further treatment.
TO REPORT A SEA RESCUE EMERGENCY DIAL 112 FROM A CELLPHONE