Robert van Helsdingen, NSRI Wilderness station commander, said:
At 14h16, Sunday, 02 April, NSRI Wilderness duty crew responded to Leentjies Klip Beach following reports of a drowning in progress.
On arrival on the scene a 15 year old male from Somerset West, Cape Town, on a schools rugby tour, was found safe on the beach after reportedly getting into difficulty while assisting a fellow school mate who had gotten into difficulty in the surf.
Paramedics from Eden 911 arrived on the scene and following some medical attention the teenager required no further assistance.
MOSSEL BAY (2 incidents):
Andre Fraser, NSRI Mossel Bay station commander, said:
On Sunday early afternoon, 02 April, NSRI Mossel Bay duty crew, the SA Police Services, ER24 ambulance services, By Grace EMS and Mossel Bay Fire and Rescue Services responded to De Vette Mossel, close to the Great Brak River Mouth, following reports of a mass drowning in progress.
The sea rescue craft Rescue 15 and Vodacom Rescuer II were launched.
On arrival on the scene a 17 year old male, from Kuruman, reportedly on a school tour, and 3 bystanders, locals Braam Marais, 39, Nicco Muller, 27, and Jannie Geyer, 27, were found approximately 200 meters off-shore in the surf and they were rescued onto a sea rescue craft.
All 4 of the persons found in the surf who were rescued onto the sea rescue craft had all gone into the water to assist another 17 year old, also from Kuruman, also on the school tour, from the surf.
They were brought to our sea rescue base aboard the sea rescue craft and they have been assessed medically by paramedics and they require no further assistance.
The 17 year old, who was initially in difficulty, had managed to get out of the surf with 2 other men who had also gone into the water to assist him. These 2 men are Tjoepie van der Merwe, 26, a local, and Charl Smit, 40, from Piketberg, and they and the teenager were assessed medically by paramedics on the beach and they required no further assistance.
At 18h56, Friday, 31st March, NSRI Mossel Bay duty crew were activated following reports made to Police and to the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) of a yacht drifting across the Mossel Bay harbour and appearing to be unmanned.
We launched our sea rescue craft Rescue 15 and on arrival on the scene found the 18 meter French yacht Uranie at anchor in the harbour channel but all was quiet onboard and we initially believed the yacht to be unmanned.
NSRI rescue swimmers were put onto the yacht and after making some noise the French yacht skipper, aged in his 60’s, appeared from below decks wanting to know what all of the fuss was about and complaining that NSRI had woken him from his sleep.
We pointed out that he must have drifted and he was now anchored in the harbour channel to his surprise and it was revealed that he had been anchored by the Mossel Bay Yacht Club but his yacht had dragged anchor coming to rest in the harbour channel.
The Frenchman raised his anchor and motored back to the yacht club where he put to anchor safely without incident and no further assistance was required.