NSRI East London rescues ailing Chinese sailor

MAY 30, 2016

On Monday morning, at 07h30, the National Sea Rescue Institute's (NSRI) East London duty crew launched the sea rescue craft Spirit of Lotto to rendezvous with the bulk carrier Great Hope, sailing from Brazil to Singapore, to patient evacuate a 44 year old Chinese sailor suffering an allergic reaction to medication.

"Communications between the ships medics and a Government Health EMS duty doctor, assisted by MRCC (Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre) and Telkom Maritime Radio Services, confirmed that the allergy was not contagious and NSRI East London were tasked by the Transnet National Ports Authority to transfer the patient to shore," described NSRI spokesperson, Craig Lambinon

"On arrival on the scene the patient was taken off the ship and brought into the Port of East London aboard the sea rescue craft Spirit of Lotto in a stable condition and he was transferred to hospital by an EMS ambulance and following treatment he was discharged and will be assessed by doctors again tomorrow, Tuesday, 31st May, and he is expected to return to the ship to continue on the voyage to Singapore."