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Saved Sailor Recovers In Hospital

Saved Sailor Recovers In Hospital
Fijian Navy personnel manning the Fiji Maritime Surveillance Rescue Co-ordination Centre. Photo: Rosi Doviverata
May 14
12:03 2018


A British national is recov­ering at Suva’s MIOT Pa­cific Hospital after being rescued in waters near Kadavu on Saturday, thanks to the efforts of the Fiji Maritime Surveillance Rescue Co-ordination Centre.

Peter Watson said last night that even though he was tired, he was thankful for the effort and service accorded to him by the rescue and medical teams.

“They took good care of me and were really friendly,” he said.

On Saturday, the centre co-ordi­nated a medical rescue after re­ceiving a call from the Rescue Co-ordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ).

It was regarding a serious medi­cal condition on board the motor yacht Grey Wolf, which was ap­proximately 140 nautical miles south-west of Vunisea, Fiji Navy Maritime chief Commander Led­ua Yaco said yesterday.

The yacht had three people on board.

They were travelling from Dena­rau to New Zealand.

“At 8.57am the co-ordination centre was able to establish com­munication with the yacht on the condition of the casualty, who was said to be suffering from gastrointestinal bleeding,” Cmdr Yaco said.

The UK-registered yacht was diverted to Kadavu to enable the medical evacuation to be carried out.

The co-ordination centre contin­ued to communicate with the ves­sel every hour until it arrived at Kokomo Resort at 1am yesterday.

“The casualty, a British nation­al, was transferred to the Kokomo Resort dispensary and was airlift­ed out to Suva at 7.30am via heli­copter,” Commander Yaco said.

Edited by Epineri Vula



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