Dutch tourist airlifted from Robben Island to hospital
A 44 year-old Dutch female tourist suffered cardiac arrest while touring Robben island and was airlifted to hospital.
According to NSRI Table View at 12.47 pm today, 6 September NSRI Table Bay volunteer sea rescue duty crew and the WC Government Health EMS were activated following a request for urgent medical assistance from Robben Island management staff in the Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) efforts being conducted on the woman.
“It appears the tourist suffered cardiac arrest while touring the island and bystanders, plus a New York doctor who was also touring the island at the time and who was a friend of the woman, initiated CPR. Robben Island staff raised the alarm and a nurse from Robben Island was summoned to assist with other staff and security in the area,” and NSRI release said.
The NSRI Table Bay sea rescue craft Spirit of Vodacom on the water conducting routine training exercises, and the Red Cross Air Mercy Services Skymed rescue helicopter responded.
On arrival paramedics and NSRI medics found a the nurse, the US doctor and Island staff conducting CPR on the patient. Paramedics and NSRI medics continued with Advanced Life Support CPR and the breathing and a heart beat was restored.
The female was been airlifted aboard the helicopter to the Life Vincent Pallotti hospital in a critical condition. Hospital staff have confirmed the patient remains in ICU in a serious but stable condition following surgery.
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