Sick seaman rescued, hospitalised

The joint Customs and Royal Cayman Islands Police Service Marine Unit assisted with the transfer of a sick seaman to the George Town Hospital Friday morning.

Acting on information received from the United States Coast Guard, marine officers responded to a request for assistance with a sick crew member onboard the Tonya Jane, a 75-foot shrimp trawler that was located 10 miles north west of Grand Cayman. The Cayman Protector left the Cayman Islands Yacht Club at 9:30am with a doctor and an emergency services staff member from George Town Hospital.

At 9:57am Protector came alongside the vessel, which had three crew members, one of which appeared to be critically ill due to dehydration. The man had reportedly been unable to keep down any food and had not eaten in four to five days.

The 28-year-old man from Florida was transported to the George Town harbour where he was met by ambulance and taken to the George Town Hospital. He was discharged later that day following assessment.

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