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NSRI rescues ailing chokka fisherman in Port Elizabeth

Jan 8, 2019
NSRI rescues ailing chokka fisherman in Port Elizabeth

The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) in Port Elizabeth on Tuesday said that it rescued a local fisherman after receiving a distress call.

According to Ian Gray, NSRI Port Elizabeth station commander, at 22h00, Monday, the sea rescue craft Spirit of Toft was launched, accompanied by Eastern Cape Government Health EMS rescue paramedics, to patient evacuate a crewman suffering a medical episode.

"Earlier the Chokka fishing boat had requested assistance from NSRI reporting to be heading towards Port Elizabeth, but at that stage they were approximately five hours away," he said.

"Telkom Maritime Radio Services assisted with VHF radio communications.

"On arrival on the scene at 23h51, an NSRI rescue swimmer and an EMS paramedic were transferred onto the Chokka fishing boat."

Ailing chokka fisherman taken off ship

Gray said that the patient, the 28-year-old local fisherman, was taken into the care of the paramedic and secured to a stretcher.

"He was transferred onto the sea rescue craft and brought to our sea rescue base and he has been transported to hospital in a stable condition."

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