Late yesterday afternoon, the St Francis Bay NSRI was called out following a request for medical assistance from the Chokka fishing boat SEA CAT, who had reported that a fisherman on board was bleeding profusely from a head wound.
“We launched EIKOS RESCUER I and responded in 4 to 5 meter swells and a 10 knot Southerly wind in rain and dense fog and rendezvoused with SEA CAT 15 nautical miles West of St Francis Bay” said Marc May, the St Francis Bay station commander.
“On arrival we found 33 year old chokka fisherman Alwyn Kettledas, from Humansdorp, with a severe head laceration, believed to be a recent wound that re-opened. He was bleeding profusely.
“Our medics treated Alwyn who was then transferred to Eikos Rescuer and was brought to the sea rescue station. EC Government paramedics met us there and he has been transported to hospital in a stable condition” added May.
The rescue operation was completed by 18h30.