Dutch tourist injured – Hout Bay. 2 drowning accidents (1 fatal-drowning) – Kleinmond. Update fishing boat – Port Elizabeth

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HOUT BAY:

Lyall Pringle, NSRI Hout Bay station commander, said:

At 13h05, Sunday, 11th February, 2018, NSRI Hout Bay duty medical crew responded to assist at a charter boat that had returned to Hout Bay Harbour from a sightseeing trip to Duiker Island (Seal Island), Hout Bay, with passengers onboard and reporting a male passenger suffering an injury.

A 67 year old Dutch tourist accompanied by his wife suffered a fractured right leg – fractured Fibula, after the charter boat reportedly landed hard in the water in sea swells where the patient, standing on the boat at the time, suffered a fracture to his right leg (Fractured Right Fibula).

NSRI Hout Bay (Sea Rescue) medical crew treated the patient on the scene on the boat in Hout Bay Harbour.

Western Cape Government Health EMS ambulance responded and the patient has been transported by EMS ambulance to hospital in a stable condition.

KLEINMOND:

Deon Langenhoven, NSRI Hermanus station commander, said:

At 16h20, Sunday, 11th February, NSRI Hermanus duty crew were activated following reports of a child missing in Kleinmond Lagoon.

It appears that earlier EMR ambulance services had been activated after a 6 year old child, part of a Cape Town church group who are at Kleinmond Lagoon, was rushed to local doctors by family members following a drowning accident.  EMR paramedics had rendezvoused with the family and following successful CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) efforts on a 6 year old girl, she was transported to hospital in a serious but stable condition.

It appears that it was then discovered that an 8 year old boy, from the same church group, was missing after he had last been seen in the lagoon in the same vicinity earlier.  Our NSRI Hermanus rescue swimmers responded and on arrival on the scene we found EMR paramedics had located and recovered the boy from the water and despite extensive CPR efforts the young boy was declared deceased.

The SA Police Services are on the scene and an inquest docket will be opened and family are being supported by the Police.

The body of the child has been taken into the care of the Forensic Pathology Services.

Condolences are conveyed to family and friends.

UPDATE PORT ELIZABETH:

During Sunday, 11th February, the fishing boat Alley Cat was successfully re-floated during an approaching high tide and towed to the Port of Port Elizabeth by Chokka fishing boats.

The skipper and salvage divers remained on the casualty boat which was successfully pulled off the shoreline by 2 Chokka fishing boats.

NSRI Port Elizabeth dispatched the sea rescue craft Spirit of Toft, Spirit of Surfski IV and the sea rescue vehicle to stand by on the scene during the salvage effort.

An NSRI water extrication pump was used by salvage divers to pump water free from the fishing boat during the tow into Port.

See original release below…

PORT ELIZABETH:

Ian Gray, NSRI Port Elizabeth station commander, said:

At 01h51, Sunday, 11th February, NSRI Port Elizabeth duty crew were activated following eye-witness reports of a fishing boat run aground at Main Beach, Port Elizabeth, by Hobie Beach.

The sea rescue craft Spirit of Surfski IV was launched and NSRI crew responded directly to the scene. The SA Police Services, a Police Dive Unit, and EC Government Health EMS responded.

On arrival on the scene the 12 meter fishing boat Alley Cat was found washed ashore along the shoreline and the 9 crew were safe.

Casualty crew were walking ashore and only the skipper remained onboard.

NSRI crew assisted to remove fuel, any contaminants and equipment and the owners and crew assisted with the removal of crews personal items and equipment from the fishing boat.

EMS paramedics medically checked the casualty crew and no injuries were found.

The cause of the fishing boat running aground has not been determined.

At high tide on Sunday the owners will attempt to re-float the casualty fishing boat.

NSRI Port Elizabeth will be on the scene to stand-by during the attempts to re-float the casualty boat.

SAMSA (South African Maritime Safety Authority) are investigating.

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