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Gard Guidance Masters ACTIONS TO BE TAKEN

  • Ensure that the best qualified and most experienced person on board provides medical care to the sick individual
  • seek medical advice over the vessel’s radio and through other means of communication
  • the Master should consider deviating for medical assistance if close to the coast
  • if in port or at anchor, call an ambulance and/or the local correspondents
  • consider landing the sick person ashore
  • the Company, the P&I insurer and the correspondent must be informed if the Master decides to deviate
  • all radio messages exchanged should be recorded
  • if a sick crew member is landed ashore and has to be left behind, record and pack all personal effects of the crew member, preferably in the presence of two officers, and deliver them to the agent for forwarding to the hospital, together with a copy of the inventory list
  • request the local correspondents to inform the sick person’s local consulate
  • consider compliance with relevant manning regulations and a possible need for substitution of the crew member.