NSRI Knysna latest update (3): All crew members of foreign ship safe ashore

The 19 crew members on board the foreign ship Kiani Satu were airlifted  to shore by a Titan helicopters Sikorski 76 helicopter in relays .

They were all safely ashore at just past 10 am this morning, NSRI Knysna said in its latest update today.

“The rescue helicopter hoisted NSRI helicopter rescue swimmers onto the ship’s deck where they instructed crew on the procedure to be hoisted into the helicopter by winch hoist using under arm harnesses.

“Once they were safely airlifted to the beach because of the terrain, they were then ferried by our NSRI sea rescue vehicles to a parking area in the Goukamma Nature Reserve where the Nature Conservation office was taken over as a rescue operations’ control point. WC Government Health EMS, ER24 ambulance services, the SA Police Services and Police Sea Borderline are also in attendance.

“The crew members, Ukranian and Filipino nationals were handed into the care of Police Sea Borderline and they will be transported to Mossel Bay for visa control processing and accommodated.

“Only minor injuries were sustained to two crew members of the ship, a laceration to a hand and one with a minor ankle injury. They do not require to go to hospital and were treated on-scene by paramedics. None of the remaining crew of the casualty vessel were injured and all 19 crew are accounted for and safe.

“The ship had washed on to the shore during the early morning and came to rest hard aground after her anchor dragged and the tug boat was not able to hold her off against rough sea swells of 5 meters and strong gusting to 45 knot onshore winds. The decision was taken by the ship’s captain to abandon the ship and the safest method was to deploy the helicopter and hoist the crew off the ship while our NSRI rescue boats stood by to assist if necessary.

“SAMSA officials remain on-scene and the fully laden rice carrier will be assessed for salvage and efforts to prevent an environmental risks.

“NSRI Knysna and NSRI Wildreness have now stood down and are returning to base and NSRI Mossel Bay have been taken off high alert as no further rescue assistance is required.”

NSRI Commend the efforts of NSRI Knysna and NSRI Wilderness crew and the Titan helicopter for the efforts of saving the crew of Kiani Satu today.

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