NSRI St Francis Bay evacuates heart attack victim off boat


Photo – NSRI

By Bev Mortimer

Yesterday lunch time NSRI St Francis Bay volunteers evacuated a patient suffering from a heart attack on a boat out at sea. 

The 47 year-old fisherman from Jeffreys Bay was on board the Langusta, 22 nautical miles from the Port of St Francis, 5 nautical miles off-shore of Huisklip on 10 October.

This evacuation occurred just two days after the local NSRI duty crew evacuated a patient from another chokka boat, who was suffering from abdominal pain, on Saturday, 8 October.

Sara Smith, NSRI St Francis Bay station commander, said: at 1.20 pm, 10 October, NSRI St Francis Bay duty crew were activated following a request for assistance from the chokka fishing boat. The Sea Rescue craft Spirit of St Francis II was launched and the crew met up with Langusta.

The patient, in a serious condition, was transferred onto the sea rescue craft and in the care of NSRI medics was brought to St Francis Bay’s  private port.

Paramedics from Private Care ambulance services took over treatment of the fisherman, who displaying signs and symptoms of a heart attack, and transferred him to hospital.