MRCC requested that the vessel, the 359m Ore China, which was on route to Brazil, proceed to a position closer to Cape Town, so that a medevac via helicopter could be effected at first light this morning.
Due to fog, a SAAF Oryx Helicopter, along with a WC EMSHelicopter, an ASR Rescue Officer & 2 ASR Rescue Swimmers, lifted off for the vessel at 09h52.
The patient was in a stable condition and on arrival back at Ysterplaat Air Force Base, was transported to Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital in Cape Town.
Kiren is a ” Fitter” on board the Ore China and they were en route to the Brazilian port of Tubarao near Vittoria with a load of iron ore when he took ill with severe chest pains.
His condition has been stabilized and he had been discharged awaiting the arrival of the ship’s agent. Kiren will be repatriated back home via Mumbai on the next available flight.
He seemed cheerful and in good spirits and had been in contact with his wife, Lata on Facebook to tell her he is okay.
I stopped off at the supermarket and bought an assortment of boiled sweets, toiletries, biscuits and fruit juices. He was very grateful to receive his “goodie bag”
He is of the Hindu faith but did not object to me doing a short prayer for his safe return to his family.
Report and pics by Steve van Schalkwyk, Executive Officer / Port Chaplain, Sailors’ Society – Southern Africa, Cape Town