A 39-year-old Croatian crewman has been evacuated from the crude oil tanker MV Almi Navigator off Port Elizabeth, South Africa.
The ship reported the patient to Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) and after a Government Health EMS duty doctor evaluated the patient in communications with the ship, the ship was diverted to Port Elizabeth for a patient evacuation.
“An injury to the crewman’s leg sustained onboard earlier in the month had progressively worsened and after evaluation by the EMS duty doctor an evacuation to hospital was ordered for as soon as possible,” Ian Gray, NSRI Port Elizabeth station commander, said.
The sea rescue craft Spirit of Toft was launched accompanied by EC Government Health EMS rescue paramedics.
It rendezvoused with the ship off the shore of Port Elizabeth in the early evening hours the same day and the patient, walking wounded, was transferred onto the sea rescue craft. He was brought to shore and transported to hospital in a stable condition for further medical treatment, NSRI informed.