Justin McCarthy, NSRI Mossel Bay deputy station commander, said: At 05h23, Saturday, 05th October, NSRI Mossel Bay duty crew were activated by MRCC (Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre) following reports of a male crew member suffering a medical emergency aboard a crude oil tanker approaching Mossel Bay, Western Cape, and requesting urgent medical assistance.
NSRI prepared to launch sea rescue craft when informed that the crew member, of Turkish Nationality, had sadly passed away.
NSRI Mossel Bay duty crew, accompanied by paramedics, Police and Forensic Pathology Services, launched the NSRI sea rescue craft St Blaze Rescuer and rendezvoused with the ship off-shore of Mossel Bay and the body of the deceased, believed to be deceased from natural causes, was taken into the care of Police and the Forensic Pathology Services and brought to shore at Mossel Bay and the body is in the care of the Government Health Forensic Pathology Services.
MRCC, Telkom Maritime Radio Services, WC Government Health EMS duty doctor, TNPA (Transnet National Ports Authority) and NSRI EOC (Emergency Operations Centre) assisted in communications and the coordination of the operation which was completed at 11h30.
Condolences are conveyed to the family of the deceased.