Windsurfer assisted – Yzerfontein. Paddler assisted – Mossel Bay. Search for missing free diver – Sea Point:  

YZERFONTEIN:

Koos Liebenberg, NSRI Yzerfontein deputy station commander, said:

At 11h54, Wednesday, 29th November, NSRI Yzerfontein duty crew were activated following reports of a Finnish man in difficulty on a windsurfer off-shore of Meerotz, Yzerfontein.

The sea rescue craft Sonja Rescuer was launched and on arrival on the scene, 2 nautical miles off-shore, we assisted the 57 year old man who had been in the water for about an hour struggling to get the wind surfer going.

We took him back to shore with his sail and board where he was reunited with his friend and following some re-warming he required no further assistance.

MOSSEL BAY:

Andre Fraser, NSRI Mossel Bay station commander, said:

At 12h59, Wednesday, 29th November, NSRI Mossel Bay duty crew were activated following reports of a paddler appearing to be in difficulty off-shore of Dolphinos, The Point.

We launched our sea rescue craft St Blaze Rescuer and dispatched a crew to the Point.

On arrival on the scene the 69 year old Johannesburg man was just getting back onto his sea kayak.

He told us that while fishing he had fallen out of the sea kayak and got tangled up in his fishing lines which had wrapped around his neck strangling him.

As the sea rescue approached he had finally managed to untangle himself and he felt confident to paddle back to shore so we escorted him to shore and once safely ashore at the Municipal slipway he required no further assistance.

SEA POINT:


Pat van Eyssen, NSRI Table Bay duty coxswain, said:

At 18h56, NSRI Bakoven duty crew were activated to respond to the Sea Point Promenade where a male, free diving, was reported to be overdue from a snorkel, free dive, earlier in the day.NSRI bakoven launched the sea rescue craft Rotarian Schipper and NSRI Table Bay duty crew, who had been a function at Granger Bay, had responded to the NSRI Table Bay base to launch our sea rescue craft Spirit of Vodacom and Spirit of Day.

Cape Town Fire and Rescue Services dive unit, WC Government Health EMS rescue squad and a Police Dive Unit were placed on alert.

The diver, free diving, a 35 year old local male, had reportedly gone into the water from near to the Sea Point Swimming Pool but failed to return as he normally does and his wife and brother searched for him but failing to find him they raised the alarm.

During a sea and shoreline search the man was found on the rocks and treated by EMS rescue paramedics for hypothermia and he required no further assistance and he was reunited with his wife and his brother.

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