Jonathan Kellerman, NSRI Durban station commander, said:
On Saturday, 25th April, NSRI Durban duty crew and Netcare 911 ambulance services were tasked to launch a mission on Sunday morning to patient evacuate a 34 year old male crewman, from Kuala Lumpur, suffering a medical complaint, not Covid-19 related, off a crude oil tanker.
At 06h44, Sunday, 26th April, the NSRI Durban sea rescue craft Alick Rennie, accompanied by 3 Netcare 911 rescue paramedics, rendezvoused with the crude oil tanker 3 nautical miles off the Port of Durban.
Observing all Department of Health Covid-19 regulations during this operation, 2 Netcare 911 rescue paramedics were transferred onto the ship and took over care of the patient from the ships medical crew.
The patient, in a stable condition, was secured into a Stokes basket stretcher and a technical rope system was constructed and he was transferred from the ship onto the sea rescue craft.
The 2 rescue paramedics were then transferred from the ship onto the sea rescue craft and the patient, in the care of the rescue paramedics, was brought to our NSRI Durban sea rescue station. He has been transported to hospital by a Netcare 911 ambulance for further medical care.
The operation completed at 09h00.
NSRI Emergency Operations Centre, Telkom Maritime Radio Services, WC Government Health EMS, Transnet National Ports Authority, Netcare 911 ambulance services, the Department of Health and Port Health Authorities assisted Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) in communications, coordination and logistics during the operation.
Andre Fraser, NSRI Mossel Bay station commander, said:
On Saturday, 25th April, NSRI Mossel Bay duty crew, while conducting routine maintenance errands, diverted sea rescue craft to assist Police who were searching for a local man, believed to be aged in his 40’s, who may have fallen down a cliff near to The Point.
Our sea rescue craft were deployed to search the cliff face shoreline and the SA Police Services, Mossel Bay Fire and Rescue Services, By Grace ambulance services and WC Government Health EMS search along the shoreline.
The man was located by the emergency services who were deployed along the land side shoreline search and he was treated for injuries sustained.
NSRI Mossel Bay crew assisted the emergency services on the scene and the man was transported in a stable condition to hospital by ambulance.
Ian Klopper, NSRI Kommetjie station commander, said:
At 19h09, Saturday, 25th April, NSRI Kommetjie duty crew and NSRI Hout Bay duty crew were activated following eye-witness reports of red distress flares sighted in the vicinity off-shore of Chapman’s Peak.
The NSRI Kommetjie sea rescue craft Spirit of the Vines and the NSRI Hout Bay sea rescue craft Albie Matthews were launched and sea rescue vehicles dispatched to the land side to assist with communications and elevated observations.
After an extensive search operation, that found no persons or vessels in any trouble, and investigations that determined that no persons or vessels were overdue or missing, the search was suspended and there remains no report of persons or vessels overdue or missing.
The source and the reasons for the red distress flare deployment remain a mystery.
The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) is the charity that saves lives on South African waters. Our goal is to prevent drowning through rescue operations, education and prevention initiatives.
Operating from base stations along the SA coastline, and on inland dams, our rescue volunteers are on call, at all hours, every day of the year. Our rescue crew receive no payment and neither do we charge the people we rescue. We visit schools around the country teaching children about water safety. Drowning prevention measures include our online training academy, with free courses for crew and the public, emergency signage, Pink Rescue Buoys for emergency flotation, rescue swimmers, lifeguards and active patrols during peak seasons.
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