Four crew badly injured by wave hit, hospitalized

NSRI Port Elizabeth, South Africa, reported medevac of four crew of a bulk carrier, badly injured by a wave hit, when the ship was under way sailing off Port Edward, on Aug 6. Four injured Filipino seamen – 1 with critical injuries with fractures to the jaw, hip, clavicle and a suspected neck fracture, 1 with fractured Femur and hip, 1with fractured Tibia and 1 with injured head, were in need of immediate medical assistance. Bulk carrier turned to Port Elizabeth. Medevac attempt by NSRI boat on Port Elizabeth approaches in the morning Aug 7 failed, because of adverse weather, permission was granted to dock in Port Elizabeth. Injured seamen were taken to hospital, their condition serious but stable.
Bulk carrier wasn’t identified. According to tracks, it is most probably, CIELO DI PALERMO, on her voyage from Durban to, understood, USA. CIELO DI PALERMO left Port Elizabeth in the afternoon Aug 7, seemingly resuming her voyage.

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