Calls at Hermanus, Jeffreys Bay, Blouberg, Melkbosstrand and Tableview

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Deon Langenhoven, NSRI Hermanus station commander, said:

At 13h56, Thursday, 11th January, NSRI Hermanus duty crew were activated following reports from the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries members of a drowning in progress in the Hermanus New Harbour.

Our NSRI Hermanus duty crew and WC Government Health EMS responded.

It appears that a 15 year old Zimbabwean male, swimming in the harbour, got into difficulty before disappearing under water.

A local bystander, Athenkosi Dlavusa, 23, who was at the harbour at the time and who witnessed the incident, jumped into the water and was able to recover the teenager who was unconscious and not breathing.

Mr. Dlavusa brought the teenager ashore where he started CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) efforts and he was joined by an NSRI Hermanus trainee crew member, Roy Mugwade.

Together they continued with CPR and spontaneous breathing was restored.

Additional NSRI duty crew arrived on the scene and the teenager was brought to the First Aid room at our sea rescue base and the teenager was further stabilised.

EMS paramedics arrived and took over care of the patient and the teenager has been transported to hospital in a serious but stable condition and he is expected to recover.

Bystander Athenkonsi Dlavusa and our NSRI Hermanus trainee crew member Roy Mugwade are commended for their efforts.


Rieghard Janse van Rensburg, NSRI Jeffreys Bay station commander, said:

At 16h46, Wednesday, 10th January, NSRI Jeffreys Bay duty crew were activated following reports from SMHART Security of 2 children, aged 10 and 11, from Aston Bay, missing after reportedly going for a walk to a local Park and last seen at 11h00 and they had failed to return home.

Members of SMHART Security had initiated a search and NSRI Jeffreys Bay crew dispatched our sea rescue vehicle and additional NSRI crew in their private vehicles and the SA Police Services responded to join in a search.

Their most likely movements were determined in discussions with the childrens Grand Mother, who had been looking after them, and with their mother who had returned from work.

During an extensive search the children were located safe by SMHART Security officers, they were found between Aston Bay and Paradise Beach, and returned home where they were reunited with their family. They were unaware that they had been reported missing.

NSRI commend SMHART Security for escalating the search and to all involved in ensuring the children were found safe.


Rhine Barnes, NSRI Melkbosstrand, station commander, said:

At 18h11, Wednesday, 10th January, NSRI Melkbosstrand were alerted to a kite-boarder appearing to be in difficulty off-shore of Bloubergstrand.

Big Bay Blouberg Surf lifeguards, aboard a rescue rubber-duck, responded and NSRI crew and lifeguards scoured the shoreline and shortly after being activated the kite-boarder was found safely ashore.

Then a second kite-boarder was reported to be in difficulty 0ff-shore of Tableview.

An NSRI Melkbosstrand sea rescue craft was prepped to be launched.

At 18h32 the Blouberg Surf Lifesaving lifeguards reached the kite-boarder and they brought him and his gear ashore without incident and no further assistance was required.

On Thursday, 11th January, at 15h30, a child who arrived at City of Cape Town Municipal lifeguards, on the beach at Melkbosstrand, seeking help after being separated from family and getting lost on the beach, was taken into the care of the lifeguards.

Law Enforcement were activated and at 15h54 the child’s parents were located and reunited with the child.

NSRI and Lifesaving encourage parents to identify where lifeguards are on the beach and to show their children where the lifeguards are stationed when arriving on the beach so that children know where to go to seek lifeguards help if they get separated from their family.


3 Responses to “Calls at Hermanus, Jeffreys Bay, Blouberg, Melkbosstrand and Tableview”

  1. Allan Neill
    12. Jan, 2018 at 18:51 #

    Congratulations on a job well done by all involved. NSRI and those others definately need more recognition for the work they do. Salute.

  2. Zayile
    13. Jan, 2018 at 10:04 #

    Well done your totally awesome and may the alord protect you on every mission to safe a life.

  3. Diane Easey
    14. Jan, 2018 at 12:47 #

    We Love you NSRI, thanks for having our backs, the sea can be treacherous, and yet your bravery continues.
    A huge thank you
    Melkbos resident

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