Tanker crew member dies off South African coast

NSRI rescue mission off Mossel Bay. Credit: NSRI

A Turkish seaman died aboard a crude oil tanker off the coast of South Africa, the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) said.

The NSRI Mossel Bay duty crew was activated by the country’s Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre (MRCC) on 5 October, following an urgent request for medical assistance from an unnamed vessel, which was approaching the port.

According to the request, a male crew member was suffering a medical emergency. The NSRI said that as it was preparing to launch rescue craft, the Turkish crew member had died.

The NSRI, accompanied by paramedics, the South African Police Service, and Forensic Pathology Services, launched the NSRI sea rescue craft St Blaze Rescuer and rendezvoused with the ship offshore of Mossel Bay. The body of the seaman, who is believed to have died of natural causes, was brought to shore at Mossel Bay and taken into the care of the Government Health Forensic Pathology Services.

MRCC, Telkom Maritime Radio Services, the Western Cape Government Health Emergency Medical Services duty doctor, the Transnet National Ports Authority, and NSRI Emergency Operations Centre assisted in communications and the co-ordination of the operation.