Indonesian fisherman evacuated from trawler off Durban coast

A crew member of a Japanese fishing trawler needed to be evacuated throughout the early hours of Saturday after he developed a medical situation.

The Nationwide Sea Rescue Institute in Durban and paramedics have been positioned on alert on Friday night time to arrange for the evacuation operation from the trawler which was in deep waters.

“A 55-year-old Indonesian fisherman on-board the vessel was reported to have sustained a medical situation … and it was deemed crucial for the affected person evacuation operation to happen as quickly as potential.

“The vessel was requested to move in direction of the closest port: Durban,” the NSRI stated in a press release.

A rescue crew was dispatched simply earlier than 6am on Saturday to satisfy the vessel 5 nautical miles offshore, the place the fisherman was transferred to a sea rescue craft after which taken to hospital by ambulance.