Justin Erasmus, NSRI Port Elizabeth station commander, said:
At 07h00, Wednesday, 07th March, NSRI Port Elizabeth duty crew, accompanied by an EC Government Health EMS rescue paramedic, aboard our sea rescue craft Spirit of Toft, launched to rendezvous with the bulk carrier Championship, sailing from Brazil to Singapore, to patient evacuate a crewman, aged 33, from Russia, suffering complications to a previous injury to the upper thigh.
NSRI Port Elizabeth had been alerted by the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) at 22h00 on Tuesday, 06th March, and informed that the ship will be nearing Port the following early morning.
On arrival on the scene, 8.5 nautical miles off-shore of the Port of Port Elizabeth, NSRI rescue crew and the EMS rescue paramedic boarded the ship and the patient was found to be in a stable condition and requiring to be stretcher bound.
A high angle lowering system was prepared and the patient was secured into a Stokes basket stretcher and transferred from the ship onto the sea rescue craft and brought safely into Port without incident in the care of the EMS rescue paramedic and he has been transported to hospital by EMS ambulance in a stable condition for further care.
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