Fisherman evacuated from chokka boat

At 08h30 yesterday morning, the NSRI St Francis Bay sea rescue crew were activated following a request for medical assistance from the Chokka boat Squidder who had reported that one of their crewmen seemed to be suffering from a stroke.

“Our sea rescue duty crew launched the Spirit of St Francis II and, accompanied by a 24/7 paramedic, we met with the Chokka boat which was heading towards St Francis Bay from the fishing grounds, ” said Mark Mey, the NSRI St Francis Bay station commander.

“In 1.5 meter calm sea swells, 4 nautical miles off-shore of St Francis Bay, the paramedic was transferred to the Chokka boat and the patient, a 49 year old from Port Elizabeth who was in a serious condition, was stabilized and transferred onto our sea rescue craft and brought back to St Francis Bay.

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He was then transported to hospital by a 24/7 ambulance in a serious but stable condition and confirmed to have suffered a stroke” added Mey