Justin Erasmus, NSRI Port Elizabeth station commander, said:
At 19h17, Thursday, 12 September, NSRI Port Elizabeth duty crew were activated to patient evacuate a crewman suffering a medical complaint from an oil tanker heading towards Port Elizabeth.
MRCC (Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre), a Government Health EMS duty doctor and Telkom Maritime Radio Services assisted in coordinating the patient evacuation.
The sea rescue craft JLK rescuer was launched accompanied by an EC Government Health EMS rescue paramedic.
We rendezvoused with the oil tanker 4 nautical miles off-shore of the Port of Port Elizabeth. The EMS rescue paramedic and NSRI rescue crew were transferred onto the tanker and the patient, in a stable condition, was secured into a specialised stretcher and transferred onto the sea rescue craft.
The adult male patient was brought to shore and he has been transported to hospital by EMS ambulance in a stable condition.
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