The injured man is lifted on to a coast guard vessel from the Endeavour yesterday.A CREW member on the Replica Barque Endeavour learnt the hard way the challenges of life at sea when he fell out of his hammock and fractured his ribs.
Nanjing Night Net

It’s believed the man, 57, fell less than a metre and hit a table on the way down.

After being assessed by a medic onboard paramedics were called to the ship at 8am yesterday.

The aquatic response paramedics were taken to the ship, three nautical mils off the Portland coast, via the Portland Coast Guard rescue vessel CG17.

Click the photo to see more images from the rescue.

The man was then taken by road ambulance to Portland Hospital for xrays.

Portland Flotilla Commander Stephen Brown said although the incident wasn’t something that happened every day the paramedics had been well trained for the event.

“This is actually the second occasion paramedics have used the coast guard to get to a patient,” he said.

“The first time was two years ago when a man on the Spirit of Mystery broke his leg. Actually the two paramedics that took this trip were there again today.

“The gentleman had the green stick when he was put into the ambulance and he was off with the fairies.

“The paramedics looked after him very well.”

Ambulance Victoria Southern Grampians district group manager Tony Oxford said aqua response paramedics completed an off shore survival course and an induction on the vessell they would be working with before they were signed off.

He said four aqua paramedics were stationed at Portland and there were others in Port Fairy and Warrnambool.

“The nature of the work is that you go to fishing vessels, it’s not often you’re sent to a tall ship that is a replica of the endeavour.”

The full-scale replica of the 18th-century sailing ship berthed at Portland’s Trawler Wharf on March 5 as part of the Australian National Maritime Museum’s circumnavigation of Australia.

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.