RSAF evacuates 2 crew members from commercial vessels off Singapore coast

The crew member in one incident being carried on a stretcher following evacuation. PHOTO: THE REPUBLIC OF SINGAPORE AIR FORCE/FACEBOOK

SINGAPORE - A crew member of a commercial vessel some 100km off the coast of Singapore was evacuated by the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) last Monday (July 19).

The crew member was experiencing sudden memory loss, said the Ministry of Defence, adding that he had no immediate history of trauma.

The next day, on the Hari Raya Haji holiday, the RSAF search-and-rescue team, Rescue 10, evacuated a second crew member on another commercial vessel about 3km off the coast of Singapore. He was experiencing chest pain, said Mindef.

Both crew members were taken to Singapore General Hospital, where they are reportedly conscious and in stable condition.

Two photographs of the rescue were posted on the RSAF's Facebook page. In one of them, an individual is seen being carried on a stretcher after landing in a Super Puma helicopter on an open field.

"We wish the two individuals a speedy recovery," said the RSAF in its Facebook post.

On average, the RSAF responds to about two search-and-rescue activations a month.

"A team of RSAF air crew, ground crew and medical personnel are on standby 24/7 in order to respond swiftly for life-saving missions whenever called upon," said Mindef in a statement on Saturday.

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