A ship’s cook suffering from suspected yellow jaundice was evacuated by NSRI Port Elizabeth volunteers today, 5 August.
The 45 year-old Filipino is chief cook on board the bulk carrier, Spring Hydrangea, which is sailing from India to Rio De Janeiro.
Ian Gray, station commander of NSRI Port Elizabeth, says the carrier was heading for PE to seek medical assistance. The NSRI was placed on alert at 10 am this morning by Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) reporting the need for medical assistance for the cook.
At 5 pm this evening NSRI volunteer duty crew and paramedics went to the carrier, 1.5 nautical miles off-shore of Port Elizabeth on their sea rescue craft, Eikos Rescuer IV. The patient was found to be ‘walking wounded’ and was transferred in a stable condition to the rescue craft. He was then taken to shore from where he was transported to doctors by ambulance for medical evaluation and possible hospitalisation.