Incidents: Port Edward, St Helena Bay, Table Bay, St Francis Bay, Plettenberg Bay:

PORT EDWARD:

Marlene Livingstone, NSRI Port Edward deputy station commander, said:

At 14h47, Sunday, 05 February, NSRI Port Edward medical crew responded to a residence at the Caribbean Estate following a request for medical assistance from staff reporting a female suspected to be suffering a heart attack.

On our arrival on the scene we treated a 59 year old female from Pretoria for a suspected heart attack and she was stabilised before a Kwazulu Natal Private Ambulance transported the lady, in a a stable condition, to hospital for further treatment.

ST HELENA BAY:

Morne Dettmer, NSRI Mykonos deputy station commander, said:

On Wednesday, 08h10, NSRI Mykonos towed the sea rescue craft Gemini Rescuer II to St helena Bay where she was launched to search for 2 fishermen on a Kreef Backie (small open fishing boat) reporting motor mechanical failure.

Following a search they were found 20 nautical miles North of St Helena Bay, drifting, after suffering motor mechanical failure and after losing their anchor.

NSRI Mykonos towed them safely to St Helena Bay and they required no further assistance.

TABLE BAY:

Pat van Eyssen, NSRI Table Bay duty coxswain, said:

At 19h00, Wednesday, 8th February, NSRI Table Bay were activated by TNPA (Transnet National Ports Authority) dispatched the sea rescue craft Spirit of Vodacom and Spirit of Day following a request for assistance from the local yacht Cape Dancer, with 12 crew onboard (9 males and 3 females), reporting their yacht dismasted off-shore of Sunset Beach.

It appears that the mast came down after a Stay broke onboard and they had retrieved the mast onto the deck and no one was injured.

Eye-witnesses along the beach front had also called NSRI to report the incident.

On arrival on the scene the yacht was under motor power heading towards the Port of Table Bay slowly. A tow-line was rigged and our sea rescue craft towed them into Port where they then berthed under their own motor power and no further assistance was required.

By NSRI Table Bay. NSRI Table Bay rigging a tow-line to the dismasted yacht Cape Dancer.

By NSRI Table Bay. NSRI Table Bay rigging a tow-line to the dismasted yacht Cape Dancer.

ST FRANCIS BAY:

Sarah Smith, NSRI St Francis Bay station commander, said:

At 09h17, Thursday, 09th February, NSRI St Francis Bay launched the sea rescue craft Spirit of St Francis II following reports of a 42 year old male, from Cape Town, a fisherman onboard a factory ship, suspected to be suffering appendicitis, suspected to be a burst appendix.

On arrival on the scene, 10 nautical miles off-shore, the patient was transferred onto our sea rescue craft and we brought him into the Port of St Francis bay where a Private Care ambulance transported him to hospital in a stable condition.

PLETTENBERG BAY:

Marc Rodgers, NSRI Plettenberg Bay station commander, said:

At 14h12, Thursday, 09th February, NSRI Plettenberg Bay responded to The Wedge following reports of a swimmer suspected to be in difficulties in deep sea.

A Bitou Municipal lifeguard, using a Malibu Rescue Board, paddled out to the swimmer and found the swimmer to be only going for a swim. The lifeguard brought the man ashore as a precaution because he was swimming in deep sea.

No further assistance was required and the eye-witnesses were commended for calling sea rescue faced with the uncertainty if the swimmer was in trouble or not.

Then at 14h23 an eye-witness suspected a fishing trawler in the Bay to be on fire.

It was confirmed that the fishing trawler Harvest Florita, at anchor in the Bay and known to have been suffering motor mechanical problems, and due to receive a mechanic onboard later the same day, had started up her motors causing billowing smoke from the stack but she was not on fire.

Later the same day we assisted to take the mechanic out to the vessel and repairs have been completed.

 

TO REPORT A SEA RESCUE EMERGENCY DIAL 112 FROM A CELLPHONE

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