Fisherman in hospital after helicopter rescue 90km off SA west coast

The SA Air Force Oryx prepares to lower a paramedic and a rescue swimmer onto the deck of a trawler to attend to a sick crew member on November 20 2020.
The SA Air Force Oryx prepares to lower a paramedic and a rescue swimmer onto the deck of a trawler to attend to a sick crew member on November 20 2020.
Image: National Sea Rescue Institute

A fisherman who was taken ill on a trawler off the Cape west coast is expected to make a full recovery after being lifted into a helicopter and flown to hospital in Cape Town.

The SA Air Force Oryx on the helicopter pad at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town on November 20 2020.
The SA Air Force Oryx on the helicopter pad at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town on November 20 2020.
Image: National Sea Rescue Institute

National Sea Rescue Institute spokesperson Craig Lambinon said the trawler raised the alarm at noon on Friday when it was 170km northwest of Cape Columbine.

The trawler was asked to sail towards Saldanha Bay and a SA Air Force Oryx helicopter rendezvoused with it about 90km off St Helena Bay.

An NSRI and Western Cape emergency medical service paramedic were lowered on to the trawler and the patient was hoisted aboard the helicopter in a basket.

He was flown to Groote Schuur Hospital and transferred by ambulance to a private hospital. Lambinon said the operation took about six hours.

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