Filipino evacuated mid ocean from ship by NSRI

NSRI Mykonos volunteer sea rescue duty crew evacuated an injured crew member on board the Nile Dutch Shang container ship travelling 15 kms offshore from Cape Town to the Congo on Saturday.

The 41 year-old injured man, from the Philippines, apparently fell off a container. He had to be lowered off the ship in a stretcher onto the NSRI’s boat to then be brought ashore.

Photos, compliments of NSRI Mykonos, show the patient being lowered from the container ship onto the NSRI sea rescue craft Spirit of Freemasonry.

Darius van Niekerk, NSRI Mykonos station commander, said NSRI Mykonos was alerted by Transnet National Ports Authority about medical assistance required for the patient at 4.30 pm. His volunteer sea rescue duty crew launched the sea rescue craft Spirit of Freemasonry accompanied by a South African Paramedic Services paramedic and set off to rendezvous with the ship.

“On arrival on-scene NSRI sea rescue crew and the paramedic boarded the ship and stabilised the patient who was found suffering a fractured right femur and an injured right knee,” van Niekerk said.

The patient was then loaded and secured onto a Stokes basket stretcher before being lowered with the use of a high angle rope technique onto the sea rescue craft. He was then transported to shore in a stable, but serious condition.


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