Ian Klopper, NSRI Kommetjie station commander, said:
On Wednesday, 15th February, at 10h47, NSRI Kommetjie dispatched our sea rescue vehicle and fire fighting gear to stand-by at Imhoffs Gift as safety for the Working on Fire helicopters engaged in fighting a fire together with Cape Town Fire and Rescue Services on the Wetlands between Kommetjie and Noordhoek.
At 13h00 NSRI were released from the stand-by.
Then at 14h59, Thursday, 16th February, our NSRI Kommetjie duty crew were dispatched to assist Table Mountain National Park Nature Conservation Corporation (NCC) fire fighters to gain access to a portion of the same fire that was only accessible by boat across the Wildevoel Vlei.
Our sea rescue vehicle, sea rescue tractor and the sea rescue craft IL Battello were dispatched.
NSRI Kommetjie crew transported the fire fighters and fire fighting equipment aboard the sea rescue craft assisting to reach sections of the fire that were only accessible by boat.
We then stood by on the scene to assist where necessary and during the afternoon continued to ferry equipment and fire fighters back and forth across the vlei and the operation went on into the night completing at 21h00.
Fire fighting teams remain on stand-by monitoring the fire.
Alan Meiklejohn, NSRI Gordons Bay station commander, said:
At 16h25, Thursday, 16th February, NSRI Gordons Bay duty crew were activated following the discovery of a vehicle submerged in the sea in the vicinity of the Steenbras River Mouth.
A search by NSRI Gordons Bay by foot and by sea rescue craft along the coastline had been conducted during the day for a vehicle missing following reports that the body of a man discovered in the area of the Steenbras River Mouth was known to have been driving a vehicle during the early hours of Wednesday morning along the coast road and the vehicle had not been located.
It was suspected that the vehicle found submerged may be linked to the body recovery operation where the man’s body was recovered from the same vicinity on Wednesday.
The sea rescue craft Spirit of Surfski was launched, accompanied by a Police Dive Unit, and on arrival on the scene the Police Dive Unit scuba dived on the vehicle and it was confirmed that no persons were inside the vehicle and indications are that this may be the vehicle of the man found yesterday and it is believed that he was alone in the vehicle.
Police are investigating.
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