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RMS St Helena lands patient at Walvis Bay and sails on

A patient has been transferred to hospital in Namibia from the RMS St Helena after the ship diverted by 399 nautical miles to put them ashore.

St Helena Government issued for the following statement on Tuesday, 28 January 2014:

At 2.30pm this afternoon, local time, the RMS arrived at the pilot station in Walvis Bay, Namibia, as planned.
Shortly after, two paramedics came onboard from a launch, and the patient was prepared for evacuation. The transfer went smoothly and family members accompanied the patient, who has now been transferred to hospital.
At 3.40pm local time, the operation was complete and the RMS departed Walvis Bay for St Helena. The RMS will monitor her speed over the next 12 hours and advise accordingly on the estimated time of arrival at St Helena.
Credit goes to the crew and medical team for a rapid and professional response.

No information has been given about the nature of the medical emergency that prompted the rare decision to change course on Monday, two days after the ship left Cape Town.

RMS St Helena diverts to Walvis Bay in medical emergency

St Helena’s supply ship changed course for Walvis Bay because of a medical emergency, it was announced on Monday (27 January 2014).

The statement from St Helena Line Ltd did not say whether the situation involved an incident on board the ship, nor whether the patient was one of the 122 passengers.

The RMS St Helena was 399 miles from the Namibian port, two days out from Cape Town, when the decision was taken during the afternoon.

The ship was expected to reach port at about 14.30 hours the following day, steaming at just over 16 knots.

“Options are currently being pursued to deal with the situation at Walvis Bay,” said the statement.

The ship had been due to reach St Helena on Thursday, 30 January. Arrival in James Bay was expected to be at 20.00 on Friday evening, or at 06.00 on Saturday – when the ship was scheduled to travel on to Ascension.

  • A special meeting of the Executive Council was due for Tuesday, 28 January, to discuss the sailing schedule for the RMS St Helena for the year 2015-16: previously reported to the be ship’s last year of serving the island before the opening of its airport ion February 2016.
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