Incidents: Shelly Beach, Vaal Dam, Plettenberg Bay, False Bay:


Jeremiah Jackson, NSRI Shelly Beach station commander, said:

On Friday, 09th March, NSRI Shelly Beach duty crew were activated following reports of a diver injured on a dive charter boat.

Prior to NSRI launching our sea rescue craft the dive boat had reached Shelly Beach with dive charter crew providing First Aid to an injured diver with a laceration to his head believed to have been caused by a bump on the boat.

The man was taken into the care of MedEvac ambulance services paramedics at Shelly Beach and he has been transported to hospital in a stable condition.


Jake Manten, NSRI Vaal Dam deputy station commander, said:

At 09h00, Saturday, 10th March, NSRI Vaal Dam duty crew launched our rescue craft Harvey’s Fibreglass to assist a small fishing boat with 3 people onboard capsized on the dam.

While responding to the scene it was confirmed that the 3 crew, the boat owner, his wife and a friend, from Vanderbijlpark, were safely ashore and they were not injured.

On arrival on the scene we found that the small fishing craft had been swamped with water before capsizing and all 3 crew had managed to get to shore safely.  Private boats were in attendance attempting to assist.

We assisted to right the casualty craft which we towed to her launch facility where once recovered no further assistance was required.

NSRI sea rescue craft Harveys Fibreglass on the scene and NSRI rescue swimmers in the water righting the casualty craft.


Ross Badenhorst, NSRI Plettenberg Bay duty coxswain, said:

At 16h30, Saturday, 10th March, NSRI Plettenberg Bay duty crew were activated by Plett Beach Control to respond to assist lifeguards at reports of a drowning at the lagoon by Central Beach.

Municipal Plett Surf lifeguards were already on the scene and they confirmed that a 17 year old local young woman, in a serious condition following a non-fatal drowning in the lagoon, was out the water and in their care and ambulance services had been activated.

NSRI Medics responded and on arrival on the scene assisted the lifeguards who were treating the woman for non-fatal drowning symptoms and she was stabilised but she remained in a serious condition.

WC Government Health EMS paramedics took over care of the patient and she has been transported to hospital by EMS ambulance in stable but serious condition.

The lifeguards are commended for their quick response.


Vaughn Seconds, NSRI Strandfontein station commander, said:

At 20h49, Saturday, 10th March, NSRI Strandfontein and NSRI Gordons Bay were placed on alert following eye-witness reports of a red distress flare sighted along the False Bay coastline in the Monwabisi vicinity.

Although a number of small fishing boats were fishing off-shore in calm sea conditions in that general area at the time further eye-witness reports suggested a torch light appearing to be flashing towards shore.  We launched the NSRI Strandfontein sea rescue craft Grand West CSI to investigate.

No sign of any boat or persons in any difficulty were found but a flotation buoy with a flashing light was found which appears to be a marker buoy and we are trying to determine who that belongs to. The marker buoy is not believed to be related to the red distress flare.

At 03h50, Sunday, 11th March, NSRI coast watchers noticed a red distress flare being deployed in the same vicinity but that flare was confirmed to be deployed from land.

It remains unknown why red distress flares were deployed during the night and there remains no report of any craft or persons overdue.


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