Sailor with malaria airlifted to shore

2013-04-21 12:28

Port Elizabeth - A Burmese sailor has been rescued from a ship off Port Elizabeth and taken to hospital in a critical condition with malaria, the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) said on Sunday.

Rescue workers initially thought he had yellow fever, NSRI spokesperson Craig Lambinon said.

They went out to a bulk carrier ship on Saturday after receiving a report that the 43-year-old man from Myanmar was unconscious and had a fever.

They found him in a critical condition, placed him on a rescue craft and took him to a hospital in Port Elizabeth, said Lambinon.

He said the ship was sailing from Cameroon to Singapore, and its previous port of call was Cape Town.

  • Rob Martin - 2013-04-21 12:56

    Ocean going Mossie.

  • Estelle Nieuwoudt - 2013-04-21 13:25

    Thank you for looking after our seafarers around the world

  • Rob Martin - 2013-04-21 17:27

    Burmese South African

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