Fisherman suffers stroke, evacuated from chokka boat:

A 49 year-old fisherman suspected of suffering from a serious stroke was evacuated from a chokka boat four nautical miles off St Francis Bay this morning by the town’s NSRI recue team.

Marc May, NSRI St Francis Bay station commander, says at 8,30 am this morning, 19 July, NSRI St Francis Bay volunteer sea rescue duty crew were activated following a request for medical assistance from the chokka fishing boat Squidder . One of the boat’s crewmen from Port Elizabeth was susoecte dof suffering from a CVA – Cerebro Vascular Accident.

“Our rescue team launched our sea rescue craft Spirit of St Francis II and, accompanied by a 24/7 paramedic, went to to rendezvous with the chokka boat heading towards St Francis Bay from fishing grounds.

“On arrival in 1.5 meter calm sea swells, the paramedic was transferred onboard the chokka boat and the patient, in a serious condition, was stabilised and transferred onto our sea rescue craft and brought to St Francis Bay. He has been transported to hospital by a 24/7 ambulance in a serious but stable condition and confirmed to have suffered a stroke.”

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