NSRI PE evacuates ill Burmese sailor to shore

NSRI Port Elizabeth yesterday assisted a 47 year old Burmese sailor from the Republic of the Union of Myanmar on board a ship 6 nautical miles off shore  to have medical assistance in Port Elizabeth.

The patient was suffering chest and stomach pains suspected to be sustained from a chemical vapour inhalation injury. The vapour is believed to have been hydrochloric acid. 

Justin Erasmus, NSRI Port Elizabeth deputy station commander, said: “At 21. 45 pm, Friday, 12 September, NSRI Port Elizabeth volunteer sea rescue duty crew were activated following a request for medical assistance from the agent of the bulk carrier Porto Leone lying at anchorage  off-shore of Port Elizabeth.

“Sea conditions were calm. The ship’s last Port of call was Durban and sailed initially from Spain. She is lying at anchorage waiting to enter the Port of Port Elizabeth.

“Our NSRI Port Elizabeth volunteer sea rescue duty crew launched our sea rescue craft Spirit of Toft, accompanied by an EC Government Health EMS paramedic, and responded.  On arrival the wounded patient was treated and stabilised by the EMS paramedic and transferred onto our sea rescue craft and brought to shore. An EMS ambulance  transported the patient to hospital in a stable condition for further treatment.”


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