Ian Gray, NSRI Port Elizabeth station commander, said:
At 16h10, Wednesday, 16th January, NSRI Station 6 Port Elizabeth duty crew and EC Government Health EMS were placed on alert following reports from a fishing trawler heading towards Port Elizabeth from fishing grounds with a 31 year old local crewman onboard suffering a head injury sustained after being stuck in the face by an anchor after falling on the deck.
MRCC had been requested by the ships agent to provide medical support and an EMS duty doctor evaluated the patients condition and it was deemed necessary to patient evacuate to hospital as soon as possible.
The sea rescue craft Spirit of Toft was launched and on arrival on the scene, 3 nautical miles South of Cape Recife, an NSRI crewman was put aboard the fishing trawler to assess and to begin stabilising the patient and a transfer of the patient onto the sea rescue craft could not be carried out safely in very rough sea conditions of 3 to 4 meter swells and 30 to 40 knot winds.
Telkom Maritime Radio Services assisted with VHF marine radio communications.
NSRI escorted the trawler to the shelter of the harbour basin where the patient was transferred to the sea rescue craft and brought safely ashore and he has been transported to hospital in a stable condition.
The operation was completed at 20h30.