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Indian Coast Guard rescues ailing Pinoy seafarer from Brazil-bound vessel

Coast Guard rescues ailing seafarer from Brazil-bound vessel
टाइम्स न्यूज़ नेटवर्क / TNN / Aug 19, 2021

Panaji: A 32-year-old Filipino national, serving as a crew member aboard a bulk carrier vessel MV Christina J, was rescued by the Indian Coast Guard and shifted to a private hospital at Dona Paula for further medical treatment.

The crew member, identified as Ervie Ferraren Dagpin, fell ill around midnight on Monday while the cargo carrier was en route Port of Tubarao in Brazil.

The vessel authorities contacted the Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre (MRCC) Mumbai, which in turn alerted the operations division at the Goa Coast Guard headquarters. “A crew of MV Christina J, operating way west of Goa demanded medical attention. The crew named Ervie Ferraren Dagpin with a history of hepatitis complained of occasional abdominal and upper back pain and the ship relayed the distress message,” the Indian Coast Guard said in a statement.

The bulk cargo carrier had departed from Dahej Port, Gujarat on August 14 and was in the Arabian Sea when Dagpin fell ill, said officials. The coast guard operations team, on analysing the location, provided the patient with interim medical assistance and simultaneously directed the vessel to head for Mormugao Port Trust.

The vessel authorities informed the local shipping agent and port control and the various authorities coordinating the medical rescue of the ailing seaman.

The vessel arrived at MPT outer anchorage late Tuesday evening and Dagpin was transferred to a smaller patrol boat and brought to MPT jetty.
“The medical team of the Indian Coast Guard, Goa, assessed the medical status, provided first aid and with the help of an agent and shifted the patient to the hospital,” the coast guard said.