Justin Erasmus, NSRI Port Elizabeth deputy station commander, said:
At 10h00, Sunday, 21st August, NSRI Port Elizabeth duty crew, accompanied by an EC Government Health EMS rescue paramedic prepared to launch to rendezvous with the 270 meter bulk carrier Vega Dream redirected by MRCC (Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre) to sail towards the nearest Port following an illness to a 35 year old Republic of the Union of Myanmar sailor whose condition, suffering an intestinal illness for the past week, had deteriorated and the patient was reported to be unconscious.
The sea rescue craft Eikos Rescuer IV was launched and we rendezvoused with Vega Dream 9.5 nautical miles off-shore of Port Elizabeth.
The rescue paramedic and NSRI rescue crew were transferred onboard and the patient was found to be in a critical condition and unconscious.
Emergency medical treatment including intubation and ventilation was applied and the patient was secured into a Stokes basket stretcher.
A lowering rig was erected and the patient was lowered onto the sea rescue craft where medical treatment continued while the patient was brought to the Port Elizabeth sea rescue base.
The patient has been transported to hospital by EMS ambulance in a serious but stable condition for further treatment.