KOMMETJIE, PORT ALFRED, STILL BAY, PORT EDWARD, ST FRANCIS BAY, DURBAN, KNYSNA.
Thursday, 13 October, 2011.
On Monday, 10th October, at 18h37, NSRI Port Alfred were activated to assist a boat with fuel starvation out at sea. NSRI volunteer Keryn van der Walt was at sea at the time in her private boat and she assisted on the call-out and so the NSRI Port Alfred rescue boat was not launched once Keryn had assisted the boat.
On Monday, 10th October, early evening, NSRI Durban launched their sea rescue craft EIKOS RESCUER II to assist the yacht ACU ACU, with engine failure, 5 nautical miles off Durban with a solo sailor on board. The yacht was towed safely to Port.
On Wednesday 12th October, at 18h33, NSRI Simons Town responded aboard their rescue craft EDDIE BEAUMONT II to reports of two surf-skiers in difficulty off Arc Rock, Seaforth Beach. On arrival it was found that one of the surf-skiers was in trouble and he had been helped ashore safely by his fellow surf-skier. NSRI Simons Town helped to recover the surf-ski.
NSRI Still Bay assisted Police Divers throughout the week to search for a man who had allegedly gone missing on the Goukou River on Saturday night (8th of October), 8km upstream from Still Bay. NSRI volunteers assisted in the Police Dive search. On Wednesday, 12th October, at around midday, the body of a man, believed to be that of the missing man was found during the search.
The body was recovered from the river by Police Divers and handed into the care of the Forensic Pathology Services.
Police are investigating the circumstances of the death of the man.
On Wednesday evening, 12th October, at approximately 20h00, NSRI Kommetjie responded to Scarborough following reports of a red distress flare that was fired. On arrival a Chinese Lantern was found floating off into the sky and it was confirmed that this had been mistaken by eye-witnesses as a red distress flare. Two young ladies and a man, found nearby in a vehicle, were questioned and they claimed that a wedding had taken place earlier but no sign of any other people could be found and it remains a mystery as to who let the Chinese Lantern go.
On Thursday morning, 13th October, the body, believed to be that of a man who went missing in the surf while swimming at Main Beach, was found by a morning beach walker washed up on Main Beach. NSRI Port Edward volunteers recovered the body and Police were summoned to the scene and the body has been handed into the care of the Forensic Pathology Services.
The family have been summoned by Police to conduct an official identification of the body.
St Francis Bay:
On Wednesday, 12th October, NSRI St Francis bay responded at 14h30, aboard the SPIRIT OF ST FRANCIS BAY, to rendezvous with the 72 meter steel hull Cape Town fishing trawler SANDILE requesting medical evacuation of a crew member suffering dehydration and general illness. NSRI St Francis Bay rendezvoused with the vessel 2.5 nm off-shore of St Francis bay and the 75 year old crewman was brought ashore and transported to hospital by Private Care Ambulance Services in a stable condition.
At 15h01, Tuesday 11th October, NSRI Knysna volunteers were called out for a person who had fallen off a boat near Salt River on Knysna Lagoon. On arrival it was found that the man who had fallen off a boat was not injured.