Navy provides emergency aid to fisherman off NT
22 January 2013
Royal Australian Navy personnel aboard HMAS Bathurst today provided emergency medical transport for a man who suffered a suspected jellyfish sting.
The man, a crew member aboard the fishing vessel Exodus, suffered a suspected Irukandji jellyfish sting about 63nm north of Melville Island in the Northern Territory overnight.
The Armidale Class Patrol Boat Bathurst and its crew, who were assigned to border protection operations at the time, responded to a request from the Rescue Coordination Centre - Australia.
Headquarters Northern Command Operations officer, Lieutenant Commander Kylie Beumer said the patrol boat was dispatched from Darwin at short notice last night and met the fishing vessel in the Dundas Strait early this morning, returning to the patrol boat base, HMAS Coonawarra in Darwin by the early afternoon.
"The man was suffering pain after an Irukandji jellyfish sting, which can be life threatening,” Lieutenant Commander Beumer said.
“The Recue Coordination Centre deemed that passage onboard the Armidale Class Patrol Boat was the fastest method of getting the man back to Darwin for urgent medical treatment.
"HMAS Bathurst, like all Navy vessels, has specially trained personnel who are able to provide a high level of first aid to ensure the safety of her passengers and crew.
"We hope the fisherman makes a full recovery once he receives the appropriate medical treatment in Darwin."
HMAS Bathurst arrived alongside HMAS Coonawarra at about 2pm (local time) and stretchered the man ashore for transport to hospital by Northern Territory Emergency Services.
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