In two separate incidents this morning (Sunday, 9th December):
NSRI Kommetjie were activated to reports from TMNP (Table Mountain National Parks) rangers reporting a boat capsized off Kommetjie with three people on board. NSRI’ believes that a private fishing boat, GRUMPY, went to assist the men who managed to swim to the rocks and were not injured after their small fishing boat (unnamed) capsized near the Kommetjie slip-way. We believe that the private boat GRUMPY then assisted to tow the capsized boat ashore.
On NSRI Kommetjies arrival on-scene, CMR (Cape Medical Response) paramedics and TMNP rangers were in attendance and it was confirmed that paramedics treated the three men for mild hypothermia. All three men had been wearing life-jackets when their boat capsized.
NSRI Gordons Bay were activated to reports of two paddlers on sea kayaks in difficulty off Gordon’s Bay between Gordons Bay Harbour and Harbour Island Harbour. One sea kayak was abandoned by the two paddlers, both from Gordons Bay, a 16 and a 15 year old. The one paddler was then reported to be assisting the other paddler ashore, who was hanging onto the side of the sea kayak while the paddler paddled towards shore.It appears that they had fallen out of their kayaks while paddling in an off-shore wind and the one sea-kayak was blown out to sea. One of the paddlers then managed to get back onto his kayak and the other teenager hung onto the side while the paddler paddled towards shore.On NSRI Gordons Bay’s arrival on-scene the teenagers were safe and close to shore paddling well with one of the teenagers hanging onto the side of the sea-kayak. They were escorted the last few hundred meters to the beach by NSRI and once safely ashore it was confirmed that they were not injured. The second sea kayak was recovered and handed back to them.