Nick van den Handel, NSRI Plettenberg Bay duty coxswain, said:
At 14h27, Tuesday, 6 April, NSRI Plettenberg Bay duty crew were activated following reports of a 21 year old American female from New Jersey, New York, suffering a fractured ankle sustained during a hike.
They were at Board 13, Robberg Nature Reserve.
The sea rescue craft Leonard Smith and Rescue 14 Bravo were launched and on arrival on the scene NSRI crew were put ashore at Robberg Point and they hiked to the patient who was accompanied by a friend and by bystanders.
The bystanders were assisting the patient on the scene.
The patient had suffered the injury while hiking.
Cape Nature Conservation rangers were activated to assist on the scene.
The patient was stabilised by NSRI crew and sea conditions were not conducive to get her safely onto the sea rescue craft.
The EMS/AMS Skymed rescue helicopter was activated to assist to extract the patient from the scene.
On Skymed arriving on the scene EMS rescue paramedics were transferred to the location and following further medical treatment a short haul extrication to the car park was carried out by the Skymed rescue helicopter with the patient secured into a specialised stretcher and in the care of the EMS rescue paramedics.
From the Robberg car park the patient was transported to hospital in Knysna by EMS ambulance.
The patient has been discharged from hospital and she is recovering.
NSRI commend the bystanders and all services that assisted on the scene.
Jonathan Tufts, NSRI Gqeberha deputy station commander, said:
At 15h30, Tuesday, 6 April, NSRI Gqeberha duty crew were activated to prepare to carry out a patient evacuation operation of a 53 year old Filipino, suffering a medical complaint, from a motor vessel chemical tanker at anchorage in Algoa Bay.
The sea rescue craft Spirit of Toft was launched and we rendezvoused with the vessel at her anchorage.
The patient was transferred onto our sea rescue craft and into the care of an NSRI medic.
The patient was brought to our sea rescue station and he was transported to hospital by EC Government Health EMS in a stable condition for further medical care.