Saturday, August 18, 2007

Fisherman rescued off ship

By Rhodé Marshall
18 August 2007

A 35-year-old fisherman escaped a near death experience when he was rescued off his fishing vessel after being suspected of having a heart attack.

“Two SA Air Force 22 Squadron Oryx helicopters accompanied by the National Sea Rescue Institute’s Air Sea Rescue Team and two Netcare 911 paramedics lifted off from the Air Force Base Ysterplaat to airlift the Peruvian man,” says NSRI media spokesman Craig Lambinon.

The Vessel called for medical assistance through the Madrid Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre reporting the fisherman to be suffering symptoms determined to be those of a Myocardial Infarction.

Myocardial Infarction is the term used when part of the blood supply to the heart is cut off causing a heart attack.

“The fisherman felt a pain across his chest, while fishing in the deep seas off Namibia and beyond the range of a medical evacuation,” says Lambinon.

Lambinon added that a Netcare 911 ambulance has been tasked to receive the fisherman on their return to Air Force Base Ysterplaat.

“They are expected to arrive here at latest 11h15 am today,” says Lambinon.

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