Unconscious fisherman dies at St Francis

St Francis Bay volunteer duty crew today evacauated an unconscious fisherman from a chokka boat, but he died before reaching hospital.

Marc May, NSRI station mcommander, said:”At 10 am (Thursday, 28th November) NSRI St Francis Bay volunteer sea rescue duty crew were activated following a request for urgent medical assistance from the chokka fishing boat Galaxy reporting a crewman onboard collapsed unconscious.

“We launched our sea rescue craft Spirit of St Francis II and on arrival , 15 nautical miles from St Francis Bay, our sea rescue crew found the patient pulseless and breathless from suspected medical condition. Cardio Pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) efforts were initiated immediately.

“The patient was taken onboard our sea rescue craft and CPR continued until we reached our sea rescue base in St francis Bay where waiting Private care ambulance services, EC Government Health EMS paramedics and our sea rescue station doctor continued with advanced life support CPR. But after all efforts to resuscitate the man were exhausted on-scene the fisherman was declared deceased by paramedics.

“The body of the man has been handed into the care of the Forensic Pathology services and Police have opened an inquest docket.”

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