FIVE Brazilian male crewmen are in a stable condition and recovering in a Durban hospital after being airlifted off a Heavy Lift Vessel 28 nautical miles off-shore East of Durban, on Tuesday, 7 January.
The five men suffered injuries in an accident onboard which sadly also claimed the life of a sixth crewman.
At the request of the captain of the ship, the body of the deceased man remained onboard the ship while the injured men, one of whom was in a critical condition, were transferred by Netcare 911 rescue paramedics and the NSRI medic into the waiting SAAF Oryx helicopter.
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According to Jonathan Kellerman, NSRI Durban station commander the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) had arranged a Western Cape Health EMS duty doctor to provide medical advice to the ship’s medics while the ship diverted from deep-sea and headed towards Durban.
“At 16h42 the sea rescue craft Alick Rennie launched from our Durban Sea Rescue station, accompanied by a Netcare 911 rescue paramedic and an IPSS rescue paramedic, to respond towards the ship to stand-by on the scene. At 17h30 the Oryx helicopter, accompanied by two Netcare 911 rescue paramedics and an NSRI medic and the SAAF 15 Squadron, Charlie Flight, BK-117 helicopter, accompanied by two NSRI rescue swimmers, responded from Durban,” he said.
The SAAF BK-117 helicopter and the sea rescue craft stood-by on the scene while Netcare 911 rescue paramedics and the NSRI medic took over care of the 5 patients as they were airlifted to a hospital in Durban,” he said.
Kellerman said it had been confirmed that the five injured men were recovering well in hospital.
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