Dean Wegerle, NSRI Witbank station commander, said:
At 15h45, Monday, 09th January, NSRI Witbank duty crew were activated following a request for assistance from the Mpumalanga Disaster Risk Management (MP DRM) requesting assistance in a search at Matshipe, North East of Kwaggafontein, to assist in the search for a local 17 year old male reportedly missing along the Klip River.
The teenager had been swept away by rapids during flash flooding on the Klip River.
Our NSRI swift water rescue swimmers joined the MP DRM, the SA Police Services, Fire and Rescue Services, Police Dive Units and Police K-9 Search and Rescue Units deployed to search along the Klip River at Matshipe.
An extensive search continued into the night and during a final search effort at approximately 21h45, where NSRI rescue swimmers supported a Police diver at a deep water section of the Klip River, the body of the teenager was located from under water and recovered.
The body of the teenager was taken into the care of the Forensic Pathology Services and Police have opened an inquest docket.
We returned to our NSRI Witbank rescue base at 00h30.
Correction to media release:
The motor yacht Princess Skye (that assisted the 3 crew of the capsized ski-boat Ros Anchor II at Murray Bay Harbour, Robben Island, on 08th January), Princess Skye is a private charter motor yacht, owned and operated by Sports Motor Yachts, and not one of the Robben Island Ferry Boats, as it was thought to be and reported as such by NSRI in our media statement.
At 16h00, Sunday, 08th January, NSRI Table Bay duty crew were alerted by the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) of a small fishing ski-boat, Ros Anchor II, capsized at Robben Island with 3 male crew onboard and the crew reported to be safe in Murrays Bay Harbour, Robben Island.
On investigation we found that the casualty boat may have filled with water, listed and capsized while the 3 Cape Town local men were fishing from their boat near to the entrance of Murray’s Bay Harbour while at anchor.
The private charter motor yacht Princess Skye, on a private charter cruise, came across the capsized boat and rescued all 3 men from the water and bringing all 3 men and towing the capsized casualty boat into Murray’s Bay harbour safely.
They were not injured.
Initially the 3 men planned to hitch a ride back to mainland on a ferry boat (planning to make arrangements to collect their boat at a later date) but we managed to reach the skipper by telephone with the assistance of the Robben Island staff and we offered the skipper of the casualty boat our assistance and requested that they remain on the island with their boat and await our arrival.
NSRI Table Bay duty crew launched the sea rescue craft Spirit of Vodacom and Spirit of Day and on arrival on the scene we righted the casualty boat in Murrays Bay Harbour and we took the 3 men onboard our sea rescue craft and towed their boat to the OPBC (Oceana Power Boat Club) where once their boat was recovered and they were safe on mainland they required no further assistance.
NSRI commend the assistance provided to the casualty boat by the crew of the private charter motor yacht Princess Skye.
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