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Interesting trip on Sunday.
Had a group of Asians on the boat, most of whom couldnt speak english.
Because it was too rough to cross the bar we ended up fishing in what is called the 'Graveyard' just inside the bar. It was still rough with waves up to 4-5 feet.
One passenger, a 50yr old male chinese caught my attention as he started to look quite sick. After 20 mins of being bounced around he staggered into the cabin and I followed him in......where he collapsed on the floor in what appeared to be a semi comatose state.I put him in the recovery position and through one of the other passengers asked him a few questions while I visually assessed his physical condition. It transpired that he had read somewhere that a 10 day 'fast' was great for clearing out the body and he was 4 days into his 10 day 'fast'. The only thing he had consumed for 4 days was a cup of water every morning. He showed all the signs of being in shock.
The last question as to whether he suffered from any medical conditions was answered by him saying he suffered from heart problems!!!!
A quick discussion with Mark and I declared a medical emergency over the radio to the Coastguard and requested a helicopter medivac. Coastguard agreed and we up anchored and headed for a sheltered anchorage to await the helicopter.Once in shelter we prepared the boat by anchoring fore and aft and dropping the radar mast. When the chopper arrived they winched a Paramedic on board who did a full assessment. An IV was administered and the guy regained some colour etc but his heart rate was slightly erratic.
We then transferred him to a coastguard RIB to transport him to shore about 80m away where the Helicopter was waiting and he was then flown to hospital for observation.
He was subsequently released 12 hrs later from hospital with no ill effects..
Managed to get a couple of pics..........of the chopper etc....
One thing that did make us laugh was that while we were making our dash to shelter, 4 of the chinese passengers started poking fish hook points into the guys fingers and toes and squeezing them in a form of 'blood letting'.
When the paramedic tried to get a sample of blood from a fingertip he couldnt find one that didnt have multiple holes in it...........When he asked me what had happened and I told him about the 'blood letting' he cracked up....
I gave the paramedic the 2 10lb snapper I had in my bin so the helicopter crew could have fresh fish for lunch on their return to base.
In 14 years of operation it is the first 'medical emergency' we have had to deal with.
Still enjoying the trip of a lifetime and making the best of what I have.....