Rare rescue mission takes place at Vizhinjam; injured ship staff taken to hospital
Vizhinjam: A rare rescue mission was carried out in Vizhinjam sea last Thursday. The chief officer of a ship who suffered severe injuries on his legs was taken away from sea to land to be taken to hospital.
Chethan Pandit from Maharashtra who was the chief officer of the Prabhu Sumat ship belonging to the Jordan Project agency was rescued. The ship was travelling from Brazil to Singapore. The chief officer was injured in an accident 20 days ago.
Chethan Pandit slipped and fell while trying to mount the steps inside the ship. He fractured his left leg and sustained injuries on the ankle of his right leg. He was given first aid on the ship.
Though the ship authorities had requested several ports to allow their injured officer to bring to land, nobody granted them permission. Finally, they put forward the request to the Vizhinjam harbour upon reaching there and was given the nod.
The injured man was laid on a stretcher in a square-shaped carrier and brought down using a crane. He was taken to the land after they set him down safely on the tugboat.
After taking him to the wharf, he was pulled to land by Vizhinjam port purser Christopher John, conservator Kiran and other officers. Then he was taken to a private hospital in an ambulance.
This is the first time a rescue mission is being conducted in Vizhinjam port other than for crew change. The ship officials informed that the ship belongs to an Indian citizen.