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Wounded sailor evacuated off Brazil-bound ship near Port Elizabeth

Dec 28, 2016
Wounded sailor evacuated off Brazil-bound ship near Port Elizabeth

A wounded sailor was rescued off the shores of Port Elizabeth over the long weekend. 

According to Ian Gray, National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) Port Elizabeth station commander, at 08h43 on Monday, the NSRI Port Elizabeth duty crew were launched aboard the private boat, Beast, accompanied by two Eastern Cape Government Health EMS rescue paramedics and an interpreter to rendezvous with the 327-meter ore-carrier, Cosco Ansteel, which was en-route to Brazil, to evacuate a 31-year-old Chinese crewman, the vessels 2nd Engineer, who was suffering from suspected appendicitis.

"Due to the larger number of personnel accompanying the operation the private boat the Motor Vessel Beast was seconded to assist," described Gray.

"On arrival on the scene, the patient, walking wounded, was transferred onto the MV Beast and in the care of EMS rescue paramedics he was brought safely to the Port of Port Elizabeth in a stable condition and he has been transported to hospital by ambulance."