Weekend round up of rescues

PLETTENBERG BAY:

Marc Rodgers, NSRI Plettenberg Bay station commander, said:

At 18h13, Saturday, 12th August, NSRI Plettenberg Bay duty crew were activated following a request for assistance from 4 young women from Spain, on a holiday in Plettenberg Bay, suspecting that they may have wandered off the main path at Robberg Nature Reserve and they were possibly lost on the trail.

Our NSRI crew arrived at Robberg Nature Reserve and following a brief search the 4 women were found along the nature trail and they were escorted back to the car park without incident and no further assistance was required.

NSRI Plett’s Tyron Evans with the young ladies from Spain

PORT EDWARD:

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

At 16h57, Sunday, 13th August, NSRI Port Edward medical crew were activated following a request for assistance from a local holiday resort reporting one of their staff slipped and fell in the kitchen injuring her back.

On arrival on the scene we medically treated the female for a lower back injury and Kwazulu Private ambulance services were activated and the female has been transported to hospital in a stable condition and she is expected to make a full recovery.

HOUT BAY:

Gavin Kode, NSRI Hout Bay coxswain, said:

At 13h29, Sunday, 13th August, NSRI Hout Bay duty crew were activated following eye-witness reports of a sailing dinghy capsized off-shore of Hout Bay Beach with 2 local men onboard.

The sea rescue craft Tintswalo Phoenix was launched and on arrival on the scene the dinghy was found righted but continued to capsize with the dinghy appearing to have suffered jib failure but the 2 experienced sailors had managed to get their craft to the harbour entrance.

We stood by at their side and they were able to bring their craft into the harbour and we escorted them to the slip-way without incident and once their boat was recovered no further assistance was required.

MOSSEL BAY:

Andre Fraser, NSRI Mossel Bay station commander, said:

At 11h31, Sunday, 13th August, NSRI Mossel Bay duty crew went to assist Police Border Control officers at the harbour where the 38 foot ski-boat La Belle was taking water at her moorings with no one onboard.

Water extrication pumps were delivered and the craft was kept from sinking using our water extrication pump and the boats bilge pumps and she was secured and the owner will investigate the cause of the water ingress and make repairs.

Then at 01h52, Monday, 14th August, our NSRI Mossel Bay duty crew were activated following a request for medical assistance from the cargo carrier MV Little Prince, sailing from Port Elizabeth to West Africa and reporting a 65 year old Greek crewman onboard suspected to be suffering a heart attack.

The vessel had reportedly been off-shore of Witsand and following a request for medical assistance MRCC (Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre) had arranged a WC Government Health EMS duty doctor to evaluate the patients condition by radio phone (assisted by Telkom Maritime Radio Services) and the EMS duty doctor confirmed an urgent patient evacuation was necessary.

MRCC diverted the ship to sail back towards Mossel Bay and NSRI Mossel Bay launched the sea rescue craft Rescue 15 accompanied by a By Grace rescue paramedic.

On arrival on the scene, 1 nautical mile off-shore of Mossel Bay harbour, the rescue paramedic and 2 NSRI medics were put aboard the ship and the patient was found to be in a serious condition.

Following medical treatment the patient was secured into a hoisting stretcher and lowered onto our sea rescue craft and brought to shore and he has been transported to hospital in a serious but stable condition by ambulance.

YZERFONTEIN:

Koos Liebenberg, NSRI Yzerfontein deputy station commander, said:

At 09h00, Monday, 14th of August, NSRI Yzerfontein duty crew were activated to assist the ski-boat Live Your Dream with 3 male crew onboard reporting motor mechanical failure 1 nautical mile off-shore of Yzerfontein Harbour.

The sea rescue craft Rotary Onwards was launched and on arrival on the scene in calm sea conditions we took the casualty craft under tow and towed them into the harbour without incident and once their boat was recovered no further assistance was required.

TO REPORT A SEA RESCUE EMERGENCY DIAL 112 FROM A CELLPHONE

The images below were sent to us from Station 8 Hout Bay

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