Geoff Stevens, NSRI Hout Bay station commander, said:
At 22h10, Friday, 22nd November, NSRI Hout Bay duty crew and WC Government Health EMS rescue paramedics were activated following a request for medical assistance from a fishing trawler reporting a crewman suffering a suspected medical emergency onboard and the fishing trawler heading towards Hout Bay from 38 nautical miles South East of Hout Bay, beyond Cape Point, from her fishing grounds.
A WC Government Health EMS duty doctor had medically evaluated the patient in communications assisted by Telkom Maritime Radio Services and MRCC (Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre), TNPA (Transnet National Ports Authority), WC Government Health EMS Metro Control and NSRI EOC (Emergency Operations Centre) assisted with operational logistics for an urgent patient evacuation.
The Sea Rescue craft Albie Matthews and Nadine Gordimer were launched accompanied by 2 EMS rescue paramedics. NSRI Kommetjie were placed on alert.
We rendezvoused with the trawler 19nm South of Hout Bay and the patient, a local fisherman aged 51, was taken aboard the sea rescue craft Albie Matthews and the EMS rescue paramedics commenced medical treatment.
In a stable condition the patient in the care of the EMS rescue paramedics they were transferred from the Sea Rescue craft Albie Matthews onto the sea rescue craft Nadine Gordimer and the patient was brought to Hout Bay harbour and he has been transported to hospital in a stable condition by EMS ambulance.
The operation was completed at 02h00.
TO REPORT A SEA RESCUE EMERGENCY DIAL 112 FROM A CELLPHONE