Man rescued from boat at Terrace Bay after mild stroke

24 Feb 2014 21:00pm
WINDHOEK, 24 FEB (NAMPA) – A daring rescue operation in rough seas with swells of up to four metres ensured that a crew member of a Walvis Bay fishing vessel could be flown to a hospital on Monday after suffering a stroke.
The Amara had been located one nautical mile (about 1 850 metres) from Terrace Bay when the man had a mild stroke in the early hours of Monday morning.
Hendrik Burger from Namibia Wildlife Adventures – who was involved in the operation - told Nampa in a telephonic interview on Monday they left Swakopmund at around 01h00 for Terrace Bay.
“We went out with a rubber duck at around 07h30 on Monday morning, but we had to face swells of up to four metres to get to the patient on the vessel,” he said.
Burger said when they arrived at the site at around 07h00 the sea was calm, but a strong south-western wind brought about a change and the swells increased, making the operation risky.
“The patient was stabilised by paramedics on the boat before being taken to shore,” he said.
He said the medical evacuation took about two hours as they were back on the beach at around 09h30, where the man was airlifted by helicopter to a hospital in Swakopmund.