NSRI rescues two sailors off one vessel in two separate incidents in Port Elizabeth

OCTOBER 25, 2016

The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) in Port Elizabeth rescued two people off one fishing vessel in two separate incidents in Port Elizabeth.

On Saturday night, the NSRI Port Elizabeth's duty crew were activated following a request for medical assistance from the 120-meter fish factory ship, Desert Diamond, reporting a female crew member suffering lower abdominal pains suspected to be Appendicitus.

"Desert Diamond had proceeded towards Nelson Mandela Bay from fishing grounds and were 3 nautical miles East of the Port of Port Elizabeth Breakwater," described NSRI spokesperson, Craig Lambinon.

"NSRI Port Elizabeth launched the sea rescue craft Eikos Rescuer IV and on arrival on the scene the female, a 41 year old, found in a stable condition, was transferred aboard the sea rescue craft and brought to shore where she was transported to hospital for further treatment."

Desert Diamond returned to sea to continue fishing at fishing grounds.

On Monday, it was confirmed that the female had been released from hospital.

However, on the same day, NSRI Port Elizabeth duty crew, were again activated at 18h11, following a request for medical assistance from the Desert Diamond follwoing reports of an injured crewman onboard.

"Their 55 year old head chef, from Cape Town, suffering a neck and back injury reportedly sustained in a fall.

"Desert Diamond had returned from fishing grounds and were 3 nautical miles off-shore East of the Port of Port Elizabeth Breakwater," said Lambinon.

NSRI Port Elizabeth launched the Sea Rescue craft Eikos Rescuer IV accompanied by an EC Government Health EMS rescue paramedic.

"On arrival on the scene NSRI rescuers and the EMS rescue paramedic were transferred onboard the casualty ship and the patient was treated for a neck and back injury and secured into a Stokes basket stretcher and transferred onboard the sea rescue craft and brought into Port and he has been transported to hospital by EMS ambulance in a stable condition."