Busy season for the NSRI

MOSSEL BAY:

Andre Fraser, NSRI Mossel Bay station commander, said:

NSRI Mossel Bay duty crew were activated at 17h06, Wednesday, 21st December, following the concerns of a mother reporting her son to be too far out to sea for her comfort at the Kleinbrak River Mouth.

While he appeared to be swimming the concerns of the mother, enough to raise the alarm, was enough for us to activate our sea rescue craft and rescue swimmers to respond to the scene to check on the situation, but fortunately, before we arrived on the scene the mom phoned us back to say that her son had come ashore and confirmed that he had just been swimming and thankfully our assistance was no longer required.

WILDERNESS:

Saria van As, NSRI Wilderness duty controller, said:

At 16h48, Wednesday, 21st December, NSRI Wilderness duty crew were activated after one of our NSRI crew members witnessed what appeared to be 5 people being swept out to sea in the vicinity towards Lientjiesklip.

Our sea rescue craft Oscars Rescuer, Clemengold rescuer and Die Swart Tobie, out on the water at the time conducting routine training, diverted to the scene and on our arrival we found that 4 men, aged in their late 20’s, from The Netherlands, had been swept out to sea by rip-currents and George Municipal lifeguards had managed to rescue 3 of the men safely from about 200 meters off-shore and those 3 men and the lifeguards were safely ashore.

One lifeguard remained with the 4th man, 400 meters off-shore, assisting the man to stay afloat and they were taken aboard our sea rescue craft and brought safely ashore.

No one was injured.

MOSSEL BAY:

Andre Fraser, NSRI Mossel Bay station commander, said:

At 17h35, Friday, 23rd December, NSRI Mossel Bay duty crew were activated following a request for assistance from the boat Captain Hook, with 12 local tourist fishermen onboard reporting damaged steering on their craft, South of Cape St Blaze, about a nautical mile from our sea rescue station.

We launched our sea rescue Vodacom Rescuer II and on arrival on the scene we found they had full motor power but loss of steering and being so close to the harbour we assisted them into the harbour using our boat as their steering, nudging them along, and they were brought safely to moorings in the harbour and no further assistance was required.

KNYSNA:

Jerome Simonis,  NSRI Knysna station commander, said:

At 15h17, Friday, 23rd December, NSRI Knyssna duty crew were activated following a request for assistance from the family of a 71 year old man from Scotland, on a coastal walk at the Pezula Estate, Knysna, and asking if NSRI will assist the man who had grown tired on the walk and facing a steep walk back to their vehicle.

We dispatched our sea rescue craft Jaytee IV and Jolen and on arrival on the scene a sea rescue craft beached.

We walked the man down to the beach and he was taken aboard our sea rescue craft and brought to the Knysna Marina onboard our sea rescue craft and no further assistance was required.

MOSSEL BAY:

Andre Fraser, NSRI Mossel Bay station commander, said:

At, Sunday, 25th December, NSRI Mossel Bay duty crew were activated following reports of a drowning in progress at Glentana.

Prior to our arriving on the scene we were informed that lifeguards and paramedics were attending to an 11 year old female who had washed onto the beach after getting into difficulty in the surf.

The child was resuscitated on the beach and transported to hospital in a serious but stable condition.

Then at 18h12, Sunday, 25th December, we responded sea rescue craft and our rescue vehicle to De Bakke following reports of a drowning in progress.

On arrival on the scene 3 teenage males were out of the water after reportedly getting into difficulty in rip currents but concerns of a 4th person possibly missing in the water saw us continue a sea and shoreline search but no reports of any person outstanding were received and we suspect that the person got out of the water without assistance.

KNYSNA:

Jerome Simonis, NSRI Knysna station commander, said:

At 15h19, Sunday, 25th December, NSRI Knysna duty crew dispatched our sea rescue craft Jolen and our rescue vehicle to assist owners of boats at the Belvedere moorings where boats were taking water..

4 boats were taking water at their moorings suspected to have been caused by the stiff gusting 30 knot South Easterly winds.

On our arrival on the scene owners of 3 of the 4 boats had managed to pump water from their boats and had their boats re-floated but one boat had completely sunk.

We set up water extrication pumps and assisted by SA National Parks rangers, who had responded to assist, the boat was re-floated and once safely tied to her moorings no further assistance was required.

PLETTENBERG BAY:

Marc Rodgers, NSRI Plettenberg Bay station commander, said:

At 12h05, Tuesday, 27th December, NSRI Plettenberg Bay duty crew and Plettenberg Bay lifeguards responded to The Dunes following reports of a paraglider suspected to have crashed.

On investigation it was found that the paraglider had landed safely amongst The Dunes and he required no further assistance.

Then at 17h50 NSRI activated to assist SA National Park rangers and family searching for a 12 year old female missing while cycling in the Harkeville forest.

Before arriving on the scene the child was found safe and no further assistance was required.

KNYSNA:

Jerome Simonis, NSRI Knysna station commander, said:

Since Tuesday, 27th December, Municipal Authorities have closed beaches in the Southern Cape between Maoli Beach, Sedgefield, and Brenton-on-Sea due to the high number of sharks spotted in the vicinity of beaches along this stretch of coastline.

Municipal Authorities will reportedly use a helicopter today, Wednesday, 28th December, to monitor the coastline before they decide on a further course of action.

NSRI urge the public to heed the Municipal Authorities decision which was made in the interests of public safety.

Media and the public are urged to follow official notifications regarding this situation posted by Municipal Authorities and cooperation is deeply appreciated.

PLETTENBERG BAY:

Marc Rodgers, NSRI Plettenberg Bay station commander, said:

At 11h28, Wednesday, 28th December, NSRI Plettenberg Bay duty crew launched Airlink Rescuer following reports of a cabin boat capsized in the Keurbooms River Mouth.

All crew onboard were found safe and the sea rescue craft assisted them back to their moorings in the Keurbooms River and they required no further assistance.

KNYSNA:

Jerome Simonis, NSRI Knysna station commander, said:

2 pencil rubber ducks, suffering motor mechanical failure during the Trans Agulhas Race, both with 2 men onboard each casualty craft, were assisted at 09h38, Wednesday, 28th December.

Our NSRI sea rescue craft towed them through the Knysna Heads to safe moorings at the Knysna Marina and they required no further assistance.

MOSSEL BAY:

Andre Fraser, NSRI Mossel Bay station commander, said:

At 12h06, Thursday, 29th December, NSRI Mossel Bay duty crew dispatched sea rescue swimmers directly to Glentana Beach and 2 NSRI sea rescue craft were launched following reports of a drowning in progress.

The SA Police Services and ER24 ambulance services were also activated.

On arrival on the scene a 41 year old man and his 10 year old daughter were already on the beach after being swept out to sea by rip currents.

We believe 2 friends had gone into the water to assist them, and they had managed to get the 41 year old man to the beach while the 10 year old daughter is believed to have reached the beach without assistance.

CPR (Cardio Pulmonary resuscitation) efforts were performed on the 41 year old man but after all efforts to resuscitate him were exhausted he was declared deceased.

One of the friends, a 21 year old Pretoria man, and the 10 year old female, were transported to hospital suffering non-fatal drowning symptoms. Both are in stable conditions.

The body of the deceased man has been taken into the care of the Forensic Pathology Services and Police have opened an inquest docket.

MOSSEL BAY:

Andre Fraser, NSRI Mossel Bay station commander, said:

At 15h08, Thursday, 29th December, NSRI Mossel Bay duty crew dispatched the sea rescue craft Vodacom Rescuer IV following multiple eye-witness reports of red distress flares sighted about a nautical mile off-shore of Mossel Bay harbour being fired from an overturned Hobie-Cat.

A local paragliding pleasure ski-boat also responded to assist and on our arrival on the scene they had assisted the 2 male sailors to right their Hobie-Cat and we escorted them to shore without incident and they required no further assistance.

WILDERNESS:

Torsten Henschel, NSRI Wilderness rescue swimmer, said:

At 11h45, Saturday, 31st December, NSRI Wilderness duty crew responded to the Eastern side of the Keimans River Mouth following reports of a drowning in progress.

NSRI rescue swimmers responded directly to the scene and our sea rescue craft Die Swart Tobie was launched and the SA Police Services responded.

On arrival on the scene we found a 22 year old female from Piet Retief was being assisted ashore by her brother and an unidentified bystander after she had been swept out to sea by rip currents and her brother and the bystander had gone into the surf to assist her.

The female was not injured and no further assistance was required.

PLETTENBERG BAY:

Marc Rodgers, NSRI Plettenberg Bay station commander, said:

At 10h10, Saturday, 31st December, 2 people went overboard a boat in the Keurbooms River Mouth.

The sea rescue craft Airlink Rescuer and Ray Farnham were launched and while responding to the scene the skipper of the casualty boat had managed to turn his boat around and he had rescued both of the people who had fallen out of his boat safely and requiring no further assistance he had gone back to shore and no one was injured.

The skipper of the casualty boat, Danny Farnham, is the brother of the ex NSRI Plettenberg Bay station commander, the late Ray Farnham, and Danny was extremely happy to see the sea rescue craft, Ray Farnham (named after his late brother) coming to assist him. 

WILDERNESS:

Robert van Helsdingen, NSRI Wilderness station commander, said:

At 20h15, Sunday, 01 January, NSRI Wilderness duty crew and our NSRI medics assisted a German couple, from Heidelberg in Germany, who had been robbed and assaulted in Wilderness.

The 54 year old German man, suffering multiple injuries, was treated on the scene and the SA Police Services, EER International Paramedics, Eden 911 ambulance services attended at the scene to assist NSRI and the man has been transported to hospital in a serious but stable condition by ambulance.

His wife was assisted by NSRI and the Police and she was not injured.

It appears that they attended a wedding in Hermanus and drove up the coast on a holiday, arriving in Wilderness on Sunday, when they were robbed of valuables and assaulted.

It is believed that Police have apprehended suspects in the case and recovered stolen items and Police are investigating.

WILDERNESS:

Eugene Rautenbach, NSRI Wilderness duty controller, said:

At 14h30, Sunday, 01 January, 2 brothers aged 23 and 12, caught in rip current at Wilderness were found safely ashore by NSRI rescue swimmers who had responded following eye-witness reports. They required no further assistance.

At 17h30, Sunday 01 January, NSRI Wilderness duty crew noticed people busy with CPR at the Wilderness lagoon and dispatched NSRI medics who found a father conducting CPR on his 7 year old son who he had rescued from the lagoon following a drowning accident and NSRI medics took over CPR efforts.

Eden 911 ambulance services, EER International paramedics, the SA Police Services and SA National Park rangers responded to assist.

Efforts to resuscitate the child were successful and the child has been transported to hospital by Eden 911 ambulance in a stable condition.

PLETTENBERG BAY:

Marc Rodgers, NSRI Plettenberg Bay station commander, said:

At 09h49, NSRI Plettenberg Bay duty crew were alerted following reports of 2 divers missing at Whale Rock.

Shortly after the activation it was confirmed that both divers were found safe and no further assistance was required.

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