Incidents at St Helena Bay, St Francis Bay, Port Edward

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Casper Frylink, NSRI Mykonos station commander, said:

At 11h42, Friday, 07 July, NSRI Mykonos duty crew were activated following a request for assistance from a fishing boat, with 3 local fishermen onboard, reporting to be lost in dense fog and believed to be somewhere off-shore of St Helena Bay.

We towed our sea rescue craft Gemini Rescuer II and launched at St Helena Bay and sweeping line searches moving further out to sea with each sweep were commenced in dense fog with 50 meter visibility.

During the search operation the crew aboard the fishing boat reported to hear boat motor sounds passing nearby to them and they were able to go towards the sounds where they found fellow fishermen with navigation equipment heading towards the harbour and they followed the fellow fishing boats and we met up with them when they were safely in the harbour and no further assistance was required.


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

At 13h30, Friday, 07 June, NSRI St Francis Bay duty crew were alerted to a 47 year old fisherman suspected to be suffering a heart attack aboard the Chokka fishing boat Senhor Du Mundo.

The Chokka boat had been fishing off Maitlands and after the crewman complained of chest pain they raised the alarm and started heading towards St Francis Bay.

Our sea rescue craft Spirit of St Francis II rendezvoused with the Chokka boat 2.5 nautical miles off-shore of the Jeffries Bay water tower and the crewman was taken onboard our sea rescue craft and brought to the Port of St Francis where he has been transported to hospital by ambulance in a stable condition.


John Nicholas, NSRI Port Edward station commander, said:

At 00h09, Saturday, 08 July, NSRI Port Edward were activated following a request for medical assistance from a youth tour group from Johannesburg at a youth camp in Port Edward reporting a 15 year old Johannesburg female collapsed unconscious.

Our NSRI medical team responded in our sea rescue vehicle and KZN Private ambulance services were activated.

On arrival on the scene our NSRI medics assisted the youth tour groups own paramedic that they had brought with them on the tour as part of their safety plan and an unconscious 15 year old female was stabilised. She is believed to have suffered suspected seizures.

The teenager has been transported to hospital by ambulance in a stable condition.

NSRI commend the youth camp tour group for being well prepared to deal with emergencies during their youth tour.


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