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Injured sailor evacuated off ship off shore of Algoa Bay

Oct 26, 2017
Injured sailor evacuated off ship off shore of Algoa Bay

An injured Croation sailor is recovering in a Port Elizabeth hospital after he was evacuated off a Philippines-bound ship off shore of Algoa Bay by the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) on Wednesday evening.

According to Ian Gray, NSRI Port Elizabeth station commander, at 17h00, on Wednesday, the NSRI Port Elizabeth duty crew were activated by the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) following reports of a 39-year-old Croation crewman suffering a leg injury onboard the MV Almi Navigator, which was enroute to Singapore.

"The ship reported the patient to MRCC (Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre) and after a Government Health EMS duty doctor evaluated the patient in communications with the ship the ship was diverted to Port Elizabeth for a patient evacuation," he said. 

"An injury to the crewman's leg sustained onboard earlier in the month had progressively worsened and after evaluation by the EMS duty doctor an evacuation to hospital was ordered for as soon as possible."

Gray said that the sea rescue craft, Spirit of Toft, was launched accompanied by Eeastern Cape Government Health EMS rescue paramedics.

"We rendezvoused with the ship off-shore of Port Elizabeth just after 19h00 and NSRI rescue swimmers and the EMS rescue paramedics were put onboard where the patient, walking wounded, was taken into the care of our NSRI crew and EMS," he said.

"He was transferred onto the sea rescue craft Spirit of Toft and brought to shore and he has been transported to hospital by EMS ambulance in a stable condition for further medical treatment."