At 14h20 on Friday 10 June 2011, NSRI St Francis Bay responded aboard the NSRI sea rescue craft Spirit of St Francis II to just outside of the harbor entrance following a request for urgent medical assistance from the Chokka Fishing Boat SeeKat reporting a crewman onboard to have collapsed from possible medical reasons.
Mark May, NSRI St Francis Bay station commander, said that on arrival on-scene NSRI medics confirmed that a 32 year old local fisherman was found dead onboard and the body of the deceased fisherman was brought to shore where a death certificate was issued by our sea rescue station doctor and the body was handed into the care of the Police and the Forensic Pathology Services.
While no foul play is suspected police will investigate and it appears that the cause of death was from natural medical causes but an autopsy will be performed to confirm the cause of death said Mark.
At 16h50 NSRI St Francis Bay responded to 3 nautical miles off-shore of St Francis Bay to casualty evacuate an ill fisherman from the Chokka Fishing boat Mia Barka suspected of suffering appendicitis.
On arrival on-scene, aboard the NSRI sea rescue craft Spirit of St Francis II a 25 year old local male was transferred onto the sea rescue craft and brought ashore and transported to hospital by Private Care ambulance service in a stable condition.
It is believed the fisherman was suffering only abdominal pain said Mark May, NSRI St Francis Bay station commander.