MOSSEL BAY NEWS - At 20:00 last night NSRI Station 15 Mossel Bay were alerted by WC Government Health EMS Metro Control of a 73-year-old American man suffering a suspected stroke aboard the cruise liner Seven Seas Explora and nearest Port of call Mossel Bay.
NSRI Mossel Bay station commander Andre Fraser says they began preparations to launch sea rescue craft and By Grace ambulance services dispatched paramedics to join in the operation.
Earlier MRCC (Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre) had been alerted and an EMS duty doctor contacted the ship in communications assisted by Telkom Maritime Radio Services and the ship was at that stage approximately two hours from Mossel Bay, last Port of call Cape Town and next Port of call Port Elizabeth.
"NSRI Station 15 Mossel Bay dispatched 2 sea rescue craft, Rescue 15 and St Blaze Rescuer, accompanied by paramedics from By Grace ambulance services."
WC Government Health EMS remained on alert.
Fraser says on arrival on the scene, 5.5 nautical miles East of Mossel Bay, in 30 to 40 knot North Easterly winds and a 3 to 4 meter sea swell, a paramedic and two NSRI rescue swimmers were transferred onto the ship.
"The patient, in a serious but stable condition, was secured onto a stretcher and transferred onto sea rescue craft and brought to shore in the care of the paramedics and he has been transported to hospital accompanied by his wife."
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