Boat capsizes – Sonwabi. Teenager missing in surf – Monwabisi


Vaughn Seconds, NSRI Strandfontein station commander, said:


At 13h25 on Sunday the 10th of September, while on a routine exercise NSRI Strandfontein duty crew were activated following reports of a Trek fishing boat capsized near to Sonwabi Beach in the surfline along Baden Powell Drive.

Our NSRI rescue vehicle with myself, Vaughn Seconds, and NSRI rescue swimmers Grant Grove and Sam Rorwana responded directly to the scene and our sea rescue craft I& J Rescuer III with coxswain Heinrich van der Rheede and NSRI crew Billy Kyzer, Dermot Ryan and Own Mentoor and our sea rescue craft Discovery Rescue Runner with coxswain Robin Fortuin responded.

A WC Government Health EMS ambulance was activated.

On arrival on the scene we found both fishermen from the capsized boat had managed to reach the shore. One male aged in his 40’s was not injured and one male aged in his 70’s was suffering from non-fatal drowning symptoms. Our NSRI medics treated the man on the beach before he was taken into the care of EMS paramedics and transported to hospital by EMS ambulance in a stable condition. He is expected to make a full recovery.

Their boat that had capsized in the surfline had washed ashore and the owner recovered the boat to the trailer.


Then at 16h28, alson on Sunday NSRI Strandfontein duty crew were activated following reports of a man missing in the surf at Monwabisi Beach.

The sea rescue craft Grand West CSI, with coxswain Heinrich van der Rheede and NSRI crew Robin Fortuin, Billy Kyzer and Arno Constance and the sea rescue craft Discovery Rescue Runner with coxswain Mark Benecke and our NSRI rescue vehicle with NSRI rescue swimmers Dermot Ryan, Owen Mentoor and Grant Grove responded.

Cape Town Fire and Rescue Services and a Fire and Rescue Services dive unit, the SA Police Services and a Police dive unit and Law Enforcement were activated.

The NSRI ASR (Airborne Sea Rescue) and WC Government Health EMS were placed on alert.

On arrival on the scene an off-duty lifeguard who had swum out to attempt to find the missing man in the surf was taken onboard our sea rescue craft and an extensive sea and shoreline search in fading light revealed no sign of a 19 year old Khayelitsha man and a Police dive unit will continue with an ongoing search and recovery operation that will be assisted by Cape Town Fire and Rescue Services dive unit.

Police have opened an investigation.

The teenager reportedly went missing in the surf while swimming with friends.

Police are assisting family members.



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