Ian Gray, NSRI Port Elizabeth station commander, said:
Just after midnight, Saturday, 07th January, NSRI Port Elizabeth duty crew launched the sea rescue craft Eikos Rescuer IV to patient evacuate an injured sailor, a 39 year old Filipino crewman, onboard the 200 meter Cargo Motor Vessel Grand Legacy, sailing to Singapore, who had lacerations to his right arm sustained in an accident onboard.
The injuries had been treated by the ships medics and the patient required transportation to hospital for further treatment.
On arrival on the scene the sailor, walking wounded, was transferred onto our sea rescue craft and brought into the Port of Port Elizabeth and he has been transported to hospital by EC Government Health EMS ambulance for further treatment in a stable condition.
Then at 15h45 we responded to patient evacuate a male adult crewman with chest pains from the fishing trawler Harvest Lindiwe.
Accompanied by an EMS rescue paramedic we rendezvoused with the vessel 1 nautical mile off-shore and the patient was transferred onto our sea rescue craft and brought into Port in the care of the EMS rescue paramedic and he has been transported to hospital in a stable condition by EMS ambulance.
Our sea rescue craft Eikos Rescuer IV, our NSRI rescue vehicle, Coastal Water Rescue and the SA Police Services then responded to Schoenmakerskop, 17 nautical Miles West from the Port of Port Elizabeth following eye-witness reports of a small rubber duck with 2 men onboard suspected to being swept out to sea and appearing to have motor mechanical failure.
Despite an extensive search no sign of any persons or craft were found in difficulty. The Noordhoek Ski-Boat Club reported no craft to be overdue or missing from their slip-way.
The search was suspended suspecting that in the on-shore wind any craft in difficulties would have come ashore and by Sunday morning, with still no reports of anyone overdue or missing we believe that this may have been a false alarm with good intentions.
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