Deon Langenhoven, NSRI Hermanus station commander, said:
At 10h09, Sunday, 08th July, NSRI Hermanus duty crew were activated following reports of a fisherman swept off rocks by waves while angling from the rocks on the shore at Gearings Point in front of the Windsor Hotel.
Our sea rescue craft Jaytee III was launched and NSRI rescue swimmers, the SA Police Services and CIC (Critical Incident Medical) ambulance services responded.
On arrival on the scene our NSRI crew onboard our sea rescue craft located the local fisherman, aged in his 50’s, approximately 30 meters off-shore in the surfline, and he was rescued onto our sea rescue craft and found to be breathless and pulseless. CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) efforts were initiated and he was brought into Hermanus New Harbour where paramedics continued with CPR.
Sadly, after all efforts to resuscitate the man were exhausted, he was declared deceased by paramedics and his body has been taken into the care of the Forensic Pathology services.
Police have opened an inquest docket.
Then at 11h58, Sunday, 08th July, NSRI Hermanus duty crew launched the sea rescue craft South Star and rendezvoused with the fishing trawler Compass Challenger, 8 nautical miles off Danger Point (20 nautical miles from Hermanus), to patient evacuate a 30 year old Cape Town fisherman who had suffered amputation of 2 fingers on his right hand, believed to have been amputated by machinery while working on fishing grounds at sea.
We found the patient bandaged and in a stable condition. Both amputated fingers were in a plastic bag on ice and the fisherman has been brought to Hermanus harbour. The ships agents have taken him to hospital where doctors will treat the fisherman for his injuries and investigate the possibility of re-attaching the two fingers.
NSRI have wished the fisherman a full recovery.
Jeremiah Jackson, NSRI Shelly Beach station commander, said:
On Friday, 06th July, 14h48, NSRI Shelly Beach duty crew were activated following a request for assistance from the fishing boat, Stolla, taking part in the Tuna Bonanza fishing competition, reporting complete steering failure and motor mechanical loss of one motor with only one motor operational.
The sea rescue craft Spirit of Dawn was launched and on arrival on the scene we found that a fellow fishing boat had taken the fishing crew off the casualty boat and brought them safely to shore.
The skipper remained onboard the casualty boat. An NSRI crewman was put onboard to assist and a towline was rigged. The casualty boat Stolla was towed safely to shore at Shelly Beach without incident and all crew are safe.
NSRI thank the fellow fishermen who assisted to take crew off the casualty boat and we thank the skipper of Stolla, and the boat mechanic, Colin Tapson of Ocean Marine, he gave up his spot at the backline to assist in this sea rescue operation.
Then on Saturday, 07th July, 15h00, the fishing boat, Shelly on Sea, taking part in the Tuna Bonanza fishing competition, reported motor mechanical failure at the backline off Shelly Beach.
The sea rescue craft Spirit of Dawn was launched and on arrival on the scene, found that a fellow fishing boat had taken the fishing crew off the casualty boat and brought them safely to shore.
The skipper remained onboard the casualty boat. A towline was rigged and our sea rescue craft proceeded to tow the casualty boat towards the beach through the surf.
In the surfline the casualty boat threatened to capsize and we released the tow.
The sea rescue craft Spirit of Dawn beached and our NSRI crew, assisted by local fishermen using their tractors, rigged a rope line to the casualty boat, which was in the surfline, and working from the beach we were able to get the casualty boat onto rocks on the shore and then pull the casualty boat around to the beach where the casualty boat was recovered.
NSRI thank the local fishermen who assisted and we thank the skipper of the casualty boat, and the public members who assisted in this operation.
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