Marc Rodgers, NSRI Plettenberg Bay station commander, said: At 13h38 on Sunday the 8th of January, NSRI Plettenberg Bay duty crew were activated to assist a jet-ski in difficulty in Keurbooms River Mouth. We launched our sea rescue craft Airlink Rescuer and Ray Farnham to assist the 21 year old Port Elizabeth man on a jet-ski. He was towed into the estuary without incident and he required no further assistance.
Then at 16h38 we were activated to a drowning in progress in the Keurbooms River Mouth. Our sea rescue craft Ray Farnham and Airlink Rescuer were dispatched and our NSRI rescue vehicle and WC Government Health EMS and Med-Life ambulance services responded to join Bitou Municipal lifeguards at the scene.
On arrival on scene we found a mother, from Plettenberg Bay, and a bystander, believed to be a German tourist (NSRI have not been able to identify him), had rescued her 6 year old daughter from the surf.
The daughter was in a critical condition and we treated her, assisted by paramedics, for non-fatal drowning symptoms. Both the daughter and the mother were transported to hospital by ambulance for further treatment and for observation for secondary drowning (the daughter in a serious but stable condition and the mother in a stable condition).
Then at 18h53 we responded in our sea rescue vehicle and launched our sea rescue craft Ray Farnham and Airlink Rescuer, to Robberg Beach following reports of a drowning in progress at Robberg Beach.
Rupert Baird, a bystander from the United Kingdom, assisted to rescue Robin Woodhead, man aged in his 50’s (from London, UK), from the surf after Robin had reportedly been swept out to sea by rip currents.
On NSRI and Med-Life ambulance services arrival on the scene the casualty, suffering breathing difficulties from a non-fatal drowning accident, was being assisted by a bystander doctor, Dr. Charles Niehaus, and Bitou Municipal lifeguards. Our NSRI doctor, Dr. Sam Botha, and NSRI medics and paramedics continued with medical treatment.
He was stabilised on the beach and transported off the beach secured into a stretcher on our NSRI 4×4 rescue vehicle then transferred into an ambulance. He was transported to hospital by ambulance in a serious but stable condition where he was kept overnight recovering and for observation for secondary drowning.
NSRI commend all bystanders and emergency services involved in the incidents in Plettenberg Bay on Sunday.
Pic: Medical treatment being conducted on the patient on Robberg beach on Sunday.
Pat van Eyssen, NSRI Table Bay duty coxswain, said: At 16h00 on Sunday the 8th of January, NSRI Table Bay duty crew were alerted by the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) of the 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 local Cape Town men were fishing near the entrance of Murray’s Bay Harbour while at anchor.
A private charter boat, Princess Skye, rescued all 3 men from the water and towed the capsized casualty boat into Murray’s Bay harbour. They were not injured.
NSRI Table Bay duty crew launched the sea rescue craft Spirit of Vodacom and Spirit of Day and on arrival on the scene, righted the casualty boat and took them 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.
Pic: NSRI rescue swimmers preparing to right the casualty craft in Murray’s Bay Harbour.
Darren Zimmerman, NSRI Simonstown station commander, said: At 16h20, Sunday, 08th January, CMR (Cape Medical Response) responded to Fish Hoek Beach to assist lifeguards who had reportedly rescued 3 persons from the surf. Cape Town Fire and Rescue Services had also been activated. CMR paramedics assisted lifeguards to medically treat the 3 persons and we believe they were transported to hospital by ambulance.
Alan Stilwell, NSRI Port Edward duty controller, said: At 12h05, Sunday, 08th January, NSRI Port Edward duty crew launched the sea rescue craft Wild Coast Sun Rescuer and our Discovery Rescue Runner to assist a jet-ski with mechanical motor failure with a local man onboard. The jet-ski was towed to shore without incident and no further assistance was required.
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