NSRI kept busy in final few days of 2015


A 30-year old Ethiopian crewman was taken to a Port Elizabeth hospital in the early hours of Tuesday morning, after reportedly being diagnosed with malaria.

In a statement, the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) said it received a call for medical assistance from the container ship Pacific Queen just after 04h00, where after the man was transported some 15 nautical miles by rescue boat to shore in a stable condition.

Elsewhere, the NSRI also confirmed that a 51-year old man died on Monday morning after suffering a suspected heart attack at the completion of a race in St Francis Bay.

It has been reported that he was taking part in a paddle boat event and died not long after crossing the finish line. Attempts to revive him using CPR proved in vain with medics declaring him dead on the scene.

Later that afternoon, rescuers were again called-out after a Hobe-Cat overturned two nautical from the St Francis Lighthouse. Both occupants, a man and woman, escaped unscathed and required no further assistance after being brought ashore.