4 assisted on beached boat – Knysna. Missing fisherman – Gansbaai. Teenager rescued from rip-current – Jeffreys Bay:

KNYSNA:

Jerome Simonis, NSRI Knysna station commander, said:

At 14h36, Thursday, 05th July, NSRI Knysna duty crew were activated following reports of 4 young adults on a Bow Rider lagoon boat beached at Coffin Bay in the Knysna Heads at Featherbed Nature Reserve.

The sea rescue craft Eileen Meadway and Jolen were launched and on arrival on the scene we found the 4 young local adults, 3 males and a female, safe. One of the males recently joined NSRI as a trainee crewman.

It appears that the Bow Rider boat had been broadsided by waves and filling with water reportedly while re-launching through the surf.

All 4 were taken aboard a sea rescue craft and we towed the water laden craft to our sea rescue base and righted the craft which we then towed to her moorings.

No one was injured and no further assistance was required.

GANSBAAI:

Deon Langenhoven, NSRI Hermanus station commander, said:

At 15h33, Thursday, 05th July, NSRI Hermanus duty crew were activated following reports of a fisherman missing at Romans Bay, Gansbaai, near to Danger Point.

Our sea rescue craft Jaytee III and NSRI rescue swimmers, supported by the SA Police Services, searched extensively for the fisherman who is reported to have been free dive fishing and who may have gone missing earlier, between 12h00 and 13h00.

Despite an extensive search no sign of the local fisherman, aged in his 30’s, has been found and a Police Dive Unit will continue in an ongoing search operation.

JEFFREYS BAY:

Ernie Schmidt, NSRI Jeffreys Bay duty controller, said:

At 17h22, Thursday, 05th July, NSRI Jeffreys Bay duty crew were activated following eye-witness reports of a male teenager being swept out to sea by rip currents at Albatross Beach.

Our duty crew responded to our sea rescue base to prepare to launch sea rescue while NSRI shore crew and rescue swimmers responded directly to the scene.

On our shore crew and rescue swimmers arriving on the scene we found a 14 year old male, from Vredenburg, safe on the beach.

A surfer, who noticed the teenager in trouble, had gone to his aid and had managed to get the teenager to the beach safely.

The teenager suffered only some scratches to his leg and he otherwise was not injured and he was taken into the care of his brother and no further assistance was required.

NSRI commend the surfer who rescued the teenager but no details of the surfer could be obtained as he had left the scene to continue surfing.

 

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