Whale successfully disentangled: Clovelly

 

Picture attached: By NSRI Simonstown – the whale photographed on NSRI’s arrival on the scene.T

CLOVELLY:

Darren Zimmerman, NSRI Simon’s Town station commander, said:

At 16h21, Tuesday, 22nd August, NSRI Simon’s Town duty crew were activated by the Transnet National Ports Authority following eye-witness reports of a whale entangled in rope off-shore of Clovelly, between Kalk Bay and Fish Hoek.

The NSRI Simon’s Town sea rescue craft Spirit of Surfski II launched immediately, carrying SAWDN (South African Whale Disentanglement Network) cutting equipment, with the intention to respond to the scene to recce the situation.

The NSRI Simon’s Town sea rescue craft Spirit of Safmarine III followed later accompanied by members of SAWDN and NSRI Kommetjie responded with additional SAWDN cutting equipment, that is stored at the NSRI Kommetjie sea rescue station, and the NSRI Kommetjie sea rescue craft IL Battello was towed to Simon’s Town and launched.

The NSRI Simon’s Town rescue vehicle was dispatched to Clovelly parking area to assist with communications and crowd assistance and Cape Town Traffic Services responded to assist with traffic control at Main Road, Clovelly, where a bottle neck on the roadway was caused from concerned onlookers and traffic flow was further hampered by road works taking place in the area.

Local radio stations assisted in advising motorists to be cautious on Main Road, Clovelly, and to seek an alternative route during the afternoon peak traffic.

Our sea rescue craft Spirit of Surfski II, with myself Darren Zimmerman and NSRI crew Harry Marais, Herby Meth and Andre Nortje, arrived swiftly on the scene first and we found a large Southern Right whale, 10 to 12 meters in length, entangled with at least 8 wraps of rope around its tail.

The whale appeared to be healthy and it was very active.

Using the SAWDN cutting gear we immediately began cutting away at the rope and we were able to cut free all of the wraps of rope which were recovered and the whale swam away appearing to be healthy and the disentanglement operation has been successful.

Our NSRI Simon’s Town sea rescue craft Spirit of Safmarine III and the NSRI Kommetjie sea rescue craft IL Battello then arrived to join us on the scene and together we investigated additional Southern Right whales that were in the area at the time and all of the whales that we encountered were swimming freely with no further entanglements identified.

NSRI commend the many concerned members of the public who raised the alarm and we are thankful to Cape Town Traffic Services for their assistance with traffic control on Main Road, Clovelly, and for the assistance of local radio news stations for alerting peak hour traffic users to avoid Main Road, Clovelly, and to seek alternative routes home during the incident.

The operation was successfully completed at 17h47.

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10 Responses to “Whale successfully disentangled: Clovelly”

  1. Gary Hart
    22. Aug, 2017 at 20:51 #

    Has the NSRI got record of how many Whales they have freed from the Octopus Traps?
    If so, please give that information to the powers that be, the people that dished out these “experimental” licences which are placed clearly in the path of the migratory whales.

    Time to make the hard decision and say, we prefer whales to the experimental octopus fishery.

    They Octopus traps is essentially a long line that extends for several kilometres which is left inshore for days on end where the Octopus live, unfortunately also in the line of the migrating whales.

    If the authorities haven’t spotted the problem, its time a trusted organisation like the NSRI should tell them.

  2. Lesley Huss
    22. Aug, 2017 at 20:54 #

    So proud to live here. Thanks everyone ♥♥♥

  3. Dave Melly
    22. Aug, 2017 at 23:29 #

    Well done guys !

  4. Brad Geyser - Region 1 Representative
    23. Aug, 2017 at 12:00 #

    Well done Stations 10 and 26! Great job. Listening to the radio yesterday I noted the very high number of callers to the Radio Station commending your swift and professional response. Your work is noted and appreciated.

  5. tania
    23. Aug, 2017 at 14:49 #

    Well done guys- What would we do without you.
    Supporting you all the way!

  6. Anton Dekker
    23. Aug, 2017 at 15:43 #

    Well done guys!! Thanks again for all the hard work you guys put in, looking after False Bay and our marine life.

  7. Pieter Oberholzer
    23. Aug, 2017 at 17:24 #

    I live right across the scene on Simonstown road And had a ringside seat from my balcony.
    I was in awe of your courage to venture so close to the whale that could have easily knocked your tiny boat over.
    Question, where did the rope come from because there used to be a bouy out there in front of our house and now it is gone.

  8. Barbara Ewing
    24. Aug, 2017 at 08:30 #

    Fantastic , well done

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