NSRI flies sailors to safety


The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) together with the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has medically evacuated an injured sailor off a cargo vessel sailing off Richard’s Bay.

On the afternoon of 5 August NSRI Richards Bay duty crew and the NSRI ASR (Air Sea Rescue) were alerted by the TNPA following reports of a seaman suffering a reported lower back injury and requiring to be patient evacuated to hospital from the gas carrier the MV PGC Strident Force.

A TNPA helicopter was tasked to carry out the operation and the helicopter, accompanied by Meditrax a rescue paramedic and NSRI ASR rescue swimmer, rendezvoused with the ship four nautical miles off-shore. 

The paramedic and rescue swimmer were hoisted from the helicopter onto the ship’s deck and were met by ship’s crew. The casualty, a 47 year old Filipino male, was assessed and hoisted into the helicopter. He has been transported to hospital by a Meditrax ambulance in a stable condition, the NSRI said.

The NSRI was busy later in the week, and rescued a 33 year old crewman from the fishing trawler Rigel 4 on 6 August off Plettenberg Bay using sea rescue craft.

Last week the NSRI rescued a crewman from a Chinese bulk carrier off St Helena Bay on 4 August after he fell on the New Tiazhou vessel. He sustained back pain and lacerations.