Injured sailor plucked from cargo ship off PE

2016-08-13 17:00
Ship at sea. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

Ship at sea. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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Cape Town - A Filipino sailor who fell down the steps of a ship was fetched at sea by the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) for treatment to his injuries, the organisation said on Saturday.

The 35-year-old sailor sustained a back and leg injury in the early stages of a long-haul voyage between Mombasa, Kenya, and Corpus Christi in Texas, US, said Justin Erasmus, the NSRI's Port Elizabeth deputy station commander.

The ship's staff reported the injury to the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre and a government health emergency services doctor evaluated the injury over Telkom Maritime Radio Services and gave advice.

The vessel was asked to head toward Port Elizabeth, which was the nearest port.

NSRI Port Elizabeth duty crew was asked prepare for the emergency by the Transnet National Ports Authority.

Help in the form of the NSRI's sea craft Eikos Rescuer IV and a Relay ambulance services paramedic arrived at the carrier seven nautical miles north east of the port.

In choppy seas, the patient was transferred to the rescue craft in a basket stretcher and taken to the sea rescue base on land, and then on to hospital for treatment.

This ship continued with her voyage.

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