Specifically, at 05h23, Saturday NSRI Mossel Bay duty crew were activated by MRCC (Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre) reporting that a male crewmember was experiencing a medical emergency onboard a crude oil tanker which was sailing towards Mossel Bay, Western Cape.
MRCC requested a rapid medical assistance for the crewmember in need.
Although the Institute was preparing to launch a rescue craft, they were informed that the Turkish sailor had died.
Following, NSRI Mossel Bay duty crew along with paramedics, Police and Forensic Pathology Services launched the NSRI sea rescue craft St Blaze Rescue and met with the vessel offshore of Mossel Bay to acquire the body of the ill-fated crewmember.
The sailor, believed to have died from natural causes, was transmitted into the care of Police and the Forensic Pathology Services and brought to shore at Mossel Bay and the body is in the care of the Government Health Forensic Pathology Services.
NSRI stated 'Condolences are conveyed to family of the deceased.'