Fisherman knocked unconscious by metal bar, evacuated

A fisherman of about 35 years of age from Aston Bay suffered severe injuries when a 1-ton steel bar smashed into him and knocked him unconscious during trawling yesterday, 7 May 2013.

St Francis Bay NSRI volunteers  raced to the scene in their rescue craft and attended to the man on the crayfish fishing trawler, Helena Marie, off shore of St Francis Bay.

Marc May, NSRI St Francis Bay station commander, said the volunteer duty crew were activated at 2 pm following a request for medical assistance to a fisherman suffering injuries sustained in an accident. 

The NSRI crew ent to the 33 foot crayfish vessel on the Eikos Rescuer. Once on board the man was treated for a suspected right arm humerus fracture, facial injuries and suspected fractured ribs. A safety helmet had reportedly saved him from more serious injuries although he had been rendered unconscious. 

 “Once stabilised the patient was transferred onto our sea rescue craft and brought to our sea rescue base and he has been transported to hospital by ambulance in a stable but serious condition for further treatment,” May said.



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