Justin Erasmus, NSRI Port Elizabeth deputy station commander, said; “At 00h39 on Monday 22 September, NSRI Port Elizabeth volunteer sea rescue duty crew were activated by the Transnet National Ports Authority following reports of of a 50 year old fisherman collapsed unconscious aboard the Cape Town fishing trawler TORALLA South of Cape Recife and the fishing vessel reporting to be heading at best speed from fishing grounds towards Port Elizabeth and requesting urgent medical assistance.
“Our NSRI Port Elizabeth volunteer sea rescue duty crew launched our sea rescue craft SPIRIT OF TOFT and responded accompanied by an EC Government Health EMS paramedic.
“Our sea rescue craft rendezvoused with TORALLA 5 nautical miles South of Cape Recife and NSRI rescue crew and that EMS paramedic were transferred aboard the trawler but sadly the paramedic has declared the fisherman deceased.
“While a heart attack is suspected to be the cause of death Police will investigate as is standard procedure in a case such as this.
“The body of the man was brought to shore aboard the fishing trawler during this morning and the body of the deceased man has been handed into the care of Police and the Forensic Pathology Services.
“Condolences are conveyed to family of the deceased man.”
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