At 11h45 on Thursday the 9th of August NSRI Station 30, Agulhas was alerted to three kayakers in difficulty off Suiderstrand three miles west of Agulhas lighthouse.
Station Commander Reinard Geldenhuys said: “The duty crew towed our 4.7 metre rescue craft I&J Rescuer 4 to Suiderstrand. Overberg Fire and Rescue and Agulhas Park Rangers also responded.”
“Upon arrival the three kayakers, a man and two women ages 51 to 60, were found on the beach having been assisted to shore by two other kayakers.” “They were in the water for over an hour and were suffering from severe hypothermia. NSRI crew treated them on scene and transported them to the Sea Rescue base where they were seen by the station doctor, Dr Fourie. All three people live in the area and were sent home not requiring any more assistance.”
Sea Rescue encourages paddlers to use our free cell phone app Safetrx http://www.nsri.org.za/safetrx/ and always wear a lifejacket.
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