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61-year-old sailor stable after being rescued by NSRI Port Elizabeth

Apr 3, 2017
61-year-old sailor stable after being rescued by NSRI Port Elizabeth

A 61-year-old Indonesian sailor is recovering after he was rescued off a Port Elizabeth-bound vessel on Monday by the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI).

According to Justin Erasmus, NSRI Port Elizabeth station commander; "At 09h33, Monday, theNSRI Port Elizabeth duty crew were activated by the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) following a request for a sailor suffering abdominal pains to be evacuated off the container vessel, MSC Laurence, sailing from Durban to Port Elizabeth's Port of Ngqura this afternoon.

"We launched the sea rescue craft Eikos Rescuer IV, accompanied by an EC Government Health EMS rescue paramedic, and rendezvoused with the ship 10 nautical miles off-shore from the Port of Port Elizabeth and the EMS rescue paramedic and an NSRI rescue team were put aboard the vessel."

Erasmus said that the man was stabilised "and transferred onto our sea rescue craft and brought to our sea rescue station and he has been transported to hospital by an EMS ambulance in a stable condition".