Sarah Smith, NSRI St Francis Bay station commander, said:
Just after midnight, Saturday, 09th December, NSRI St Francis Bay duty crew launched our sea rescue craft Spirit of St Francis II to rendezvous with the fishing vessel Santa Lara, 5 nautical miles from the Port of St Francis and 2 nautical miles off-shore.
The ships Captain had reported to us that they were steaming towards St Francis Bay advising us that they had a crewman onboard suffering breathing difficulties.
On our arrival on the scene our NSRI medics boarded the vessel and medical treatment to the 43 year old Port Elizabeth fisherman was administered and he was transferred onto our sea rescue craft and with oxygen therapy continuing we brought him to the Port of St Francis in a stable condition and he was taken into the care of Private Care ambulance services paramedics who transported him to hospital in a stable condition.
Sea conditions were 2 to 3 meter swells in a 27 knot wind.
The operation was completed at 01h30.
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