A CREWMAN aboard a Whitby trawler suffered a broken arm and was rushed to hospital after an accident last week.
Roy Batiancila Baterzal (32), was on Success III WY212 which was fishing 80 miles east of the Tyne when the accident occured.
The fisherman, who hails from the Philippines, was stood beside a slack wire which took the weight of a towing chain, snapping taut, and whacked him on the arm.
Following the accident the crew of Success, skippered by Andrew Leadley, rushed back in to North Shields, where Mr Baterzal was taken to North Tyneside hospital.
He required three sets of surgery before being discharged on Monday, and his skipper said: “He got hit by a wire and broke his arm, but he’s on the mend now and out of hospital.”
Mr Baterzal will return to the Philippines to recover with his immediate family in a few weeks. He will, however, leave behind his brother, Rizalino Baterzal, who is also a crewmember on board Success III and was able to visit him in hospital.
Another set of visitors he received were the Retired Fishermen’s group. The Retired Fishermen’s Group are volunteers who receive no grant aid but support those who have links to the fishing industry in their times of need. They were able to visit Roy throughout his hospital stay and continue to help him while he recovers in a Whitley Bay hotel.
Success III no longer fishes out of Whitby, instead choosing to land catch at North Shields. As a result, skipper Andy said 2011 was their biggest ever year and he is hoping to beat this total again in 2012. He added: “Our fish is sold in North Shields as the market is better for the type of fish we catch, mainly plaice and high-value groundfish.”
Much of their catch does pass through Whitby, however, as they are one of the main suppliers of Whitby Seafoods, who use prawn tails to make Whitby scampi.
For more information about the Retired Fishermen’s Group find them on Facebook through their page, Retiree’s Fishermen.