Chokka fisherman dies in St Francis Bay despite efforts to resuscitate him

NOVEMBER 28, 2016

A chokka fisherman died in St Francis Bay over the weekend, after being rescued by the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) station there - and despite efforts by local paramedics to revive him.

"At 16h07, Sunday, NSRI St Francis Bay duty crew were activated following a request for medical assistance from the local Chokka fishing vessel, Derma, reporting a 50-year-old crewman onboard collapsed unconscious suffering suspected dehydration in the vicinity of Aasvogels and the vessel reporting to be headed towards the Port of St Francis," described Sarah Smith, NSRI St Francis Bay station commander.

"The sea rescue craft, Spirit of St Francis II, launched and on arrival on the scene the sea rescue crew found the fisherman pulseless and breathless."

The man was transferred onto the sea rescue craft where Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) was initiated.

"CPR efforts continued onboard the sea rescue craft and on arrival in Port Private Care ambulance services paramedics took over care of the patient but after all efforts to resuscitate the man were exhausted he was declared deceased by paramedics," said Smith.

"Sincerest condolences are conveyed to family, friends and his fellow crewmen."