NSRI activated for medical assistance on ship in Table Bay
At 11h19, Saturday, 4 May 2019, National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) Table Bay duty crew were activated by the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) following a request for medical assistance from a bulk carrier in Table Bay reporting a crewman onboard suffering a dislocated shoulder. Quentin Botha, NSRI Table Bay station commander, said the sea rescue craft Spirit of Vodacom and Spirit of Day were launched accompanied by 2 WC Government Health EMS rescue paramedics and we rendezvoused with the ship at Anchorage 2 in the Bay of Table Bay.
In relatively rough sea conditions two NSRI rescue swimmers and an EMS rescue paramedic were transferred onto the ship using the pilots ladder and crew from the rigid inflatable boat Spirit of Day and were transferred onto the sea rescue craft Spirit of Vodacom to assist with a technical high angle hoisting operation while the sea rescue craft Spirit of Day stood by on the scene as a safety stand-by boat.
NSRI Melkbosstrand, who were on the water aboard the sea rescue craft Rotary's Gift at the time, also stood by on the scene.
The patient was found to be walking wounded, a 45 year old Filipino sailor and the EMS rescue paramedic secured the patients left arm sling guarding a dislocated left shoulder reportedly sustained in rolling seas that caused the patient to fall with the force of his full body weight on the left shoulder.
In a technical rescue operation a high angle rope system was rigged and the patient was secured into a hoisting harness and assisted by the Pilots ladder the patient was hoisted onto our sea rescue craft and into the care of the second EMS rescue paramedic.
The NSRI and EMS crew were transferred back onto the sea rescue craft and without incident. The patient was brought to the sea rescue station in a stable condition and he has been transported to hospital by EMS ambulance for further care.
Earlier, at 7h45, NSRI Table Bay and NSRI Melkbosstrand launched sea rescue craft following eye witness reports of a single crewman sighted on a small rubber duck in rough seas between Table View and Robben Island and concerns were raised for his safety. The sea rescue craft searched for the rubber duck at sea, NSRI rescue vehicles searched along the shoreline and members of Cape Towns Boating Network and ships at anchor in Table Bay, at the request of NSRI and assistance from Telkom Maritime Radio Services and the TNPA Port Control, kept a lookout.
The rubber-duck and her 23 year old local skipper was found safe off-shore of Table View and although in no imminent danger NSRI escorted the boat to OPBC (Oceana Power Boat Club) without incident and assisted the skipper to recover his boat and no further assistance was required