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Injured Saldanha Bay fisherman evacuated off ship in Port Elizabeth

Oct 9, 2017
Injured Saldanha Bay fisherman evacuated off ship in Port Elizabeth

An injured Saldanha Bay fisherman is in hospital after he was evacuated by the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) in Port Elizabeth on Sunday night.

According to Ian Gray, NSRI Port Elizabeth station commander, at 21h31, on Sunday, the NSRI Port Elizabeth duty crew launched the sea rescue craft - Spirit of Toft, and rendezvoused with the stern trawler, Harvest Atlantic Peace, 1.5 nautical mils East of the Port breakwater.

"The fishing vessel had come into the Bay from fishing grounds.

"Two NSRI medics were put aboard the ship where a 45 year old Saldanha Bay fisherman was medically assessed for lower back pain," he described.

"The patient, walking wounded and in a stable condition, was transferred onto the sea rescue craft and brought into the Port of Port Elizabeth where EC Government Health EMS paramedics took over care of the patient and he has been transported to hospital in a stable condition by EMS ambulance."

Gray said that the operation was completed at 22h15 and the fishing vessel has returned to fishing grounds.