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TABLE BAY:Paula Leech, NSRI Table Bay duty controller, said:At 05h35, Thursday, 17 September, NSRI Table Bay duty crew launched the sea rescue craft Spirit of Vodacom, accompanied by an NSRI doctor and 2 WC Government Health EMS rescue paramedics, to rendezvous with a bulk carrier motor vessel to patient evacuate a 46 year old Filipino seaman requiring hospital treatment for a medical condition.NSRI Table Bay and EMS rescue paramedics had been placed on alert on Wednesday evening to prepare for the operation to take place at first light on Thursday morning.The sea rescue craft rendezvoused with the casualty vessel approximately 8 nautical miles North West of Green Point Lighthouse.On arrival on scene an EMS rescue paramedic and an NSRI rescue swimmer were transferred onboard the vessel and took over care of the patient from the ships medical crew.The patient, in a stable condition, was secured onto a stretcher mattress and into a Baumann's bag and he was transferred from the casualty vessel onto the sea rescue craft in a technical high-line rescue extrication operation.Once the patient was safely onboard Spirit of Vodacom and in the care of the NSRI Doctor and the EMS rescue paramedics he was transported to our sea rescue station.The ill seaman has been transported to hospital by Netcare 911 ambulance in a stable condition for further medical care.Observing all Covid-19 precautions and protocols NSRI Emergency Operations Centre, Telkom Maritime Radio Services, WC Government Health EMS, NSRI Table Bay duty controllers, Transnet National Ports Authority and Port Health Authorities assisted Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre in communications, coordination and logistics during the operation.were activated by the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) followingThe operation completed at 09h00. SODWANA:Jan Hofman, NSRI St Lucia station commander, said:At 10h01, Thursday, 17 September, NSRI St Lucia were alerted by NSRI EOC (Emergency Operations Centre) following reports received from MRCC (Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre) of 2 jet-skiers appearing to be in difficulty off-shore of Jesser Point, Sodwana.NSRI alerted a friend of the NSRI in Sodwana Bay, Herman Combrinck, and he put NSRI in contact with Rod Oscroft of a local dive charter company in Sodwana Bay, Coral Divers.They had visual of the 2 jet-skis about half a nautical mile off-shore and they launched a Coral Divers dive boat to investigate.On their arrival on the scene they found one jet-ski semi-submerged and the second jet-ski had the skipper of the submerged jet-ski onboard the second jet-ski.The Coral Divers dive boat took the jet-ski, with both crew onboard, under tow and towed them to shore without incident and they were not injured.Later Coral Divers returned to the scene and they were able to tow the semi-submerged jet-ski to shore where it was recovered.NSRI commend local Herman Combrinck and Rod Oscroft and the crew of Coral Divers for their assistance.DURBAN:Tim Edwards, NSRI Durban duty coxswain, said:At 11h53, Thursday, 17 September, NSRI Durban duty crew and Life Healthcare Response rescue paramedics were activated to patient evacuate a 49 year old Chinese crewman with a medical complaint off a crude oil tanker at anchor off-shore of Durban.The sea rescue craft Alick Rennie was launched, accompanied by Life Healthcare Response rescue paramedics, and we rendezvoused with the vessel 8.8 nautical miles off-shore.An NSRI rescue swimmer and one of the Life Healthcare rescue paramedics were transferred onboard the vessel.The patient was taken into their care from the ships medical crew and he was transferred onto our sea rescue craft and brought to shore.The patient was transported to hospital in a stable condition by a Life Healthcare ambulance.Observing all Covid-19 precautions and protocols NSRI Emergency Operations Centre, Telkom Maritime Radio Services, WC Government Health EMS, NSRI Durban duty controllers, Life Healthcare duty controllers, Transnet National Ports Authority and Port Health Authorities assisted Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre in communications, coordination and logistics during the operation.In an earlier incident, on Thursday, 10 September, at 08h52, NSRI Durban duty crew were placed on alert by TNPA (Transnet National Ports Authority), for assistance with a 295 meter motor vessel reporting a 32 year old Indian crewman suffering from an injury and requiring evacuation to the nearest hospital for medical treatment.At 16h00 our sea rescue craft, Alick Rennie, accompanied by 2 Netcare paramedics, was launched and we endezvoused with the vessel approximately 4 nautical miles from the Port of Durban.The patient was transferred onto our sea rescue craft and into the care of the Netcare 911 rescue paramedics.We returned to the NSRI Durban sea rescue base, where the patient was transported to hospital by a Netcare 911 ambulance.The operation was completed at 17h08.Observing all Covid-19 precautions and protocols NSRI Emergency Operations Centre, Telkom Maritime Radio Services, WC Government Health EMS, NSRI Durban duty controllers, Netcare 911 ambulance service duty controllers, Transnet National Ports Authority and Port Health Authorities assisted Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre in communications, coordination and logistics during the operation.
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