The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) on Tuesday rescued an ailing crew member of a Malta-based cargo ship 40 nautical miles off Porbandar coast. The ICG officials airlifted the sailor from Motor Tanker Hellas Serenity, an LPG carrier.
The ICG officials in a statement said that on April 6, they had received a call from the vessel that one of the crew members — Kaloudis Gerasimoss, Deck Cadet — has suddenly suffered acute appendicitis attack. The vessel was sailing from Fujairash in United Arab Emirates to Indonesia.
Kuldip Singh Sheoran, Coast Guard IGP, said, “The crew members of the Malta-based cargo ship suffered acute appendicitis pain and we decided to airlift him to bring him to the nearest hospital for medical treatment. He was first provided first aid medical treatment inside the aircraft. The vessel was 305 nautical miles away and was asked to bring closer to Porbandar from where the Coast Guard could airlift the patient.”
The patient was later shifted to a Rajkot hospital for treatment.