Justin Erasmus, NSRI Port Elizabeth station commander, said:
At 11h15, Thursday, 30th April, NSRI Port Elizabeth duty crew were alerted by TNPA (Transnet National Ports Authority) requesting NSRI assistance to patient evacuate an adult male Filipino crewman from a bunkering tanker at anchorage off-shore of the Port of Port Elizabeth.
The crewman required transportation to a dentist as soon as possible and considering the Covid-19 lockdown the Port Health Authorities advised the tasking of NSRI to carry out the operation, taking into consideration that NSRI are well prepared for all Covid-19 Department of Health protocols, regulations and precautions.
At 13h00 the sea rescue craft JLT Rescuer was launched and rendezvoused with the bunkering tanker 3 nautical miles off-shore of the Port of Port Elizabeth in calm seas.
The patient was transferred onto the sea rescue craft and he was brought to shore and transported to a dentist appointment by the ships agent.
At 15h30 the patient returned to the Port of Port Elizabeth and he boarded our sea rescue craft JLT Rescuer and we transported him back to the ship and returned to base without incident.
The operation completed at 16h12.
Marc de Vos, NSRI Table Bay station commander, said:
At 01h03, Friday 01 May, NSRI were alerted by WC Government Health EMS following reports from MRCC (Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre) of a fishing trawler that broadcast an urgent VHF marine radio communication to Telkom Maritime Radio Services requesting urgent medical assistance for a local adult male crewman onboard the fishing trawler who had collapsed unconscious.
They were approximately 35 nautical miles off-shore of Hout Bay.
An EMS duty doctor medically evaluated the patient during VHF marine radio communications.
The doctor deemed it necessary to have the ill fisherman, who was suspected to be in a serious condition, patient evacuated from the trawler to the nearest appropriate hospital as soon as possible.
NSRI EOC (Emergency Operations Centre) activated NSRI Table Bay.
NSRI Table Bay duty crew, an EMS rescue paramedic and an EMS rescue technician responded to NSRI Table Bay sea rescue base.
TNPA (Transnet National Ports Authority) were alerted and as a precaution NSRI ASR (Airborne Sea Rescue) and NSRI Hout Bay were placed on alert.
Telkom Maritime Radio Services instructed the fishing trawler to head towards Green Point.
The sea rescue craft Spirit of Vodacom was launched into calm seas and dense fog conditions accompanied by the EMS rescue paramedic and rescue technician while Telkom Maritime Radio Services continued to assist with VHF marine radio communications updating information on the patients vital signs and updating information on the fishing trawlers progress towards Green Point.
Spirit of Vodacom rendezvoused with the fishing trawler in dense fog deep sea off-shore of Llandudno and an NSRI rescue swimmer and the EMS rescue paramedic were transferred onto the trawler and the patient was medically stabilised and transferred onto the sea rescue craft.
The patient was brought to NSRI Table Bay and he was transported to hospital in a stable condition by EMS ambulance and he is expected to fully recover.
The sea rescue operation completed at 06h30.