By Godfrey Bivbere
FEW days after officials of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and its Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) counterpart, rescued a distress Cotonou-bound vessel, M/T Lilliana Carneiro, the Search and Rescue Unit of NIMASA, Tuesday rescued another vessel, a Russian vessel, M.V Targale, following a distress medical call by the crew .
The vessel which was said to have been laden with Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), from Qua Iboe terminal in Eket, Akwa Ibom State, was on its way to Lagos when the incident occurred. Although details of the incident was not given by the agency, it said the rescue mission was successful.
Officials of the agency were said to have received the distress signal at the Regional Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (RMRCC) at about 12.45 p.m. yesterday and successfully carried out a medical evacuation (MEDEVA) operations on the vessel.
A statement signed by the agencyâ€™s image maker, C.N. Nwokocha, said the NIMASA Search and Rescue team led by Commander Eliyasu Bako quickly mobilised a Tug Boat, AMS MONICA and proceeded to the Lagos Fairway Buoy on the rescue mission.
â€œDistress signals were received at the Regional Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (RMRCC) at about 12.45 p.m. today (yesterday), informing that the Boatswain of the Vessel, MV TARGALEâ€ a Russian, Oleksandra Tyshko required urgent medical attention,â€ the statement added.
It further pointed out that the â€œSearch and Rescue team led by Commander Eliyasu Bako quickly mobilized a Tug Boat â€œAMS MONICAâ€ and proceeded to the Lagos Fairway Buoy on the rescue mission.
At about 1pm, The Boatswain of the Vessel, was evacuated off the Vessel by NIMASA medical team and subsequently transported to a private clinic in Lagos where he is receiving adequate treatment,â€ the statement concluded.