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Singapore’s rescue force accomplished a tricky rescue operation in the wee hours of this morning. 

The SCDF, or Singapore Civil Defence Force, today boasted about its response to an SOS at about 1:30am from a ship anchored east of Singapore. A crew member, believed to have suffered a stroke, was brought to safety despite antagonistic weather conditions.

“The rescue and evacuation operation had to be coordinated carefully in view of the strong winds and sea current. The marine specialists also had to constantly communicate and coordinate with the crane operator as the casualty was being lowered,” it wrote.

The force said it deployed two vessels and seven marine and medical specialists who found the man conscious on the ship’s main deck. He was suffering from “numbness and a loss of sensation” in his right side. 

A crane was used to lower the man from the stretcher into the responding rescue vessel which brought him ashore. He was later transported to Changi General Hospital from the Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal.  

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This article, Singapore marine team saves the day in pre-dawn rescue op (Photos), originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

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