Holiday Incidents


Michael Saunders, NSRI Hartbeespoort station commander, said:

NSRI Hartbeespoort was activated at 21h00, Friday, 14th April, following a call received from a former NSRI crewman who had been advised that two local gentlemen were stuck in the thick Hyacinth 600 meters from The Aquatic Club and had run out of fuel. This call was backed up by a message from the ACR (Active Crime Response) control room who had been alerted by friends of the fishermen.

NSRI Hartbeespoort Dam rescue craft Rotary Endeavour was launched and NSRI were able to get to 300 meters of the casualty craft before encountering heavy Hyacinth.

Contact was made with the casualty craft who informed NSRI that they were now approximately 200 meters from Aquatic Club and they were making headway although very slowly.

By now the wind had shifted and the Hyacinth had started to thin out. They assured NSRI that they were in no danger and that they were well equipped and protected from the night air with sufficient provisions on board. NSRI continued to monitor them for another 30 minutes and they were making good progress.

When it became evident that NSRI assistance was no longer required NSRI returned to base and Rotary Endeavour was recovered at 22h45 and the crew stood down.

NSRI continued to monitor their progress and at 00h20 on Saturday morning the gentlemen let NSRI know that they were safe ashore and required no further assistance.


Deon Langenhoven, NSRI Hermanus station commander, said:

On Saturday, 15th April, NSRI Hermanus launched the sea rescue craft Jaytee III to assist 4 men, aged 63, 59, 29 and 28, on a 5 meter cabin boat, with motor mechanical failure, 100 meters off-shore of Stoney Point, Betties Bay and drifting shorewards.

On arrival on the scene NSRI rigged a towline and the boat was towed to Kleinmond Harbour where their craft was recovered without incident.


Picture attached: By NSRI Hermanus. Kit-Kat being brought into Kleinmond.


Christo Filander, NSRI Lamberts Bay station commander, said:

On Saturday, 15th April, NSRI Lamberts Bay dispatched a sea rescue vehicle to assist at Yo-Yo’s Reef, Lamberts Bay, where a 28 year old woman, from Denmark, and now living in Noordhoek, Cape Town, suffered head injuries after reportedly being washed onto rocks while surfing.

NSRI treated the woman for head injuries, and with no ambulances immediately available,  in a stable and satisfactory condition, was transported to hospital by NSRI for further treatment.


On Saturday morning, 15th April, NSRI Melkbosstrand off-duty crewman, Terence Lawson, while fishing at Kreefte Baai, was alerted to a commotion nearby, and on investigation, found a local man collapsed unconscious while fishing in amongst rocks. He was breathless and found to be pulseless. Terence initiated CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) efforts, assisted by friends and bystanders, and the alarm was raised.

A doctor who happened to be nearby also assisted and SA Paramedic Services responded but sadly the man was declared deceased suspected to be from natural causes.

His body has been taken into the care of the Forensic Pathology Services and Police assisted the family and an inquest docket has been opened.


Marc Rodgers, NSRI Plettenberg Bay station commander, said:

On Sunday afternoon, 16th April, NSRI Plettenberg Bay responded to Goose Valley, Plettenberg Bay, by the lagoon on the waters edge, where a 57 year old local man suffered a suspected Stroke (CVA – Cerebrovascular Accident).

The man was treated by an NSRI doctor and NSRI medics and was transported to hospital by Medlife ambulance in a stable condition.




One Response to “Holiday Incidents”

  1. Willa Swart
    18. Apr, 2017 at 13:45 #

    Hi, thanks again to all the Hermanus crew members of the Yatee 111 that was involved in rescuing and towing us back to Kleinmond. The NSRI rescue experience was very professional from the first phone call to the completion of the paperwork afterwards.
    I am proud to say that we as company are contributing on a monthly basis to help finance this incredible service.
    Well done!!!!

    Willa and crew.

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