NSRI St Francis Bay rush to aid of Chokka fisherman
At 16h07, Sunday, 27th November, NSRI St Francis Bay duty crew were activated following a request for medical assistance from the local Chokka fishing vessel Derma reporting a 50 year old crewman on-board collapsed unconscious suffering suspected dehydration in the vicinity of Aasvogels and the vessel reporting to be headed towards the Port of St Francis.
The sea rescue craft Spirit of St Francis II launched and on arrival on the scene the sea rescue crew found the fisherman pulseless and breathless.
He was transferred onto the sea rescue craft where CPR was initiated.
CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) efforts continued onboard the sea rescue craft and on arrival in Port Private Care ambulance services paramedics took over care of the patient but after all efforts to resuscitate the man were exhausted he was declared deceased by paramedics.
Sincerest Condolences are conveyed to family, friends and his fellow crewmen.
In other NSRI action this past weekend NSRI Wilderness duty crew dispatched a sea rescue vehicle to Leentjies Klip, near to the Kaaimans River Mouth, West of the Wilderness sea rescue station, following eye-witness reports of a paddle canoe flooded with a man hanging onto the paddle canoe in the surf line.
On arrival on the scene the sea rescue crew waded into the surf and assisted the 47 year old local man ashore safely and the canoe was recovered.
No further assistance was required.
And in Struisbaai on Sunday morning NSRI Agulhas duty crew launched the sea rescue craft Spirit of Agulhas and I&J Rescuer IV following a request for assistance from a small craft suffering mechanical motor failure and being swept into the surf-line approximately 3 nautical miles from Struis Baai off-shore of De Plaat, with a young male and a young female onboard.
On arrival on the scene we towed the craft out to sea and out of danger of the surf-line and once in deeper, safer, water the tow-line was adjusted and they were towed safely to Struisbaai harbour without incident and they required no further assistance.
What a fantastic service the brave crews of NSRI offer!