Members of the National Sea Rescue Institute in Port Elizabeth are searching for a man believed to be missing at sea in Algoa Bay.
The NSRI’s Ian Gray says a sea rescue duty crew were activated following reports that a man had gone missing in the vicinity between Kings Beach and the Port of Port Elizabeth harbour wall.
Gray says according to friends, the 28-year-old Port Elizabeth man had waded into the sea and was believed to have swum out to the vicinity of the harbour wall to collect mussels.
A friend had last seen the man as he disappeared around the curve of the harbour wall and out of sight. When he failed to return, the friend began searching for him and raised the alarm.
Gray says the NSRI members, a Police helicopter, a Police Dive Unit, Coastal Water Rescue, and the Nelson Mandela Bay Fire and Rescue Services have been activated but there is no sign of the missing man.
In another rescue mission by the NSRI in Port Elizabeth, a volunteer sea rescue duty crew were alerted by the Transnet National Ports Authority to rush to the aid of a 60-year-old Filipino crewman suffering stomach pain and low blood pressure on the 200 metre bulk carrier BBC STEINWALL, sailing from Durban to Cape Town.
The NSRI craft Eikos Rescuer Four, accompanied by a Gardmed ambulance services paramedic, rendezvoused with the ship five nautical miles off-shore.
The paramedic stabilised the patient who was suffering from pain and brought him to shore where he was transported to hospital in a serious but stable condition. He was found to have a burst appendix and following successful surgery, he is expected to make a full recovery.