A second seal pup is rescued. Patient evacuation off a Chokka Boat- St Francis Bay. Sailor assisted – Langebaan

CAPE ST FRANCIS:

Stuart Obray, NSRI St Francis Bay deputy station commander, said: On Monday afternoon, 10th September, NSRI St Francis Bay duty crew were activated to investigate reports from a member of the public of a seal pup appearing to be injured at Cape St Francis beach.

Members of our NSRI St Francis Bay sea rescue crew responded and found the seal pup on the beach alone and appearing to be emaciated and dehydrated.  This seal was quite feisty and the public member assisted us by creating a distraction for the seal after initial attempts to capture the seal were evaded but then with the distraction we were able to safely capture the seal.  We believe the seal pup to be an Antarctic Fur Seal and we took the seal into our care.

The St Francis Kromme Enviro Trust arrived and they will transport the seal pup to the Bayworld Oceanarium for further care and the seal pup is expected to fully recover.

This seal pup is the second found on the shores of Cape St Francis recently.  The first seal pup was also transported to Bayworld Oceanarium where the Bayworld team report the seal to be recovering well.

Bayworld staff have named the seal pup “Stan”, named after Stan Obray, who is an NSRI St Francis Bay trainee crew member and who joined in rescuing the seal pup at Shark Point on Thursday, 06th September.

The first rescued pup has reportedly made friends with another Arctic Fur Seal that is also at Bayworld and the seal that we recovered today will join them at Bayworld.

It is believed that the Arctic Fur Seal pups are most probably from the island French Southern and Antarctic Lands situated South East of South Africa.  It is believed that the pups were most likely washed off the Island in storm seas and have come ashore on the Eastern Cape coastline a distance of some 2150 nautical miles.

NSRI are grateful to the St Francis Kromme Enviro Trust, Bayworld Oceanarium and the public for their assistance and the local vet who assisted in the first case on Thursday.

ST FRANCIS BAY:

Sara Jane Smith, NSRI St Francis Bay station commander, said: At 20h30, Monday, 10th September, NSRI St Francis Bay were activated to medically evacuate the skipper of the Chokka fishing boat Sea Cat who requested medical reporting to be suffering severe back pain.

We launched the sea rescue craft Spirit of St Francis II accompanied by a replacement skipper for the Chokka fishing boat and rendezvoused with the Chokka boat 2 nautical miles off-shore of the Port of St Francis.

The patient, a 45 year old male, from George, has been brought safely to shore in the care of our NSRI medics and he has been transported to hospital by Private Care ambulance services in a stable condition.

The replacement skipper has taken over command of Sea Cat and they are continuing on their way.

LANGEBAAN:

Mike Shaw, NSRI Mykonos duty controller, said:

At 15h08, Saturday, 08th September, NSRI Mykonos duty crew were activated following reports of a Hobie-Cat sailing craft capsized off-shore South West of Schaapen Island.

The sea rescue craft Spirit of East London II was launched and on arrival on the scene we found a solo sailor attempting to right his capsized Hobie-Cat half a nautical mile off-shore.

Our rescue crew assisted the man to right the rented sailing craft and he sailed the craft to shore without incident while we escorted him and once safely ashore no further assistance was required.

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