At 20h14 on Saturday, 29 December, the NSRI volunteers at St Francis Bay were called out for a 30 year old up country visitor to St Francis, who it seems, had dived off a boat into a sandbank.
Our volunteers who responded to the Kromriver bridge were told that the boat had hit a sandbank and was moving slowly over it when the man dived off. It seems that he dived into the sandbank. When he surfaced he did not turn over and his friends jumped in and lifted him into the boat.
A local doctor and the Emergency Medical Services also responded.
Our St Francis Bay volunteers started CPR and advanced life support was administered by the Doctor. After all attempts at resuscitation were unsuccessful the Doctor certified the man dead.
Then on Sunday 30 December at 12h42 the St Francis volunteers were called for a 30 year old Jeffreys Bay man who had disappeared while wading at Poivre Crescent beach, St Francis. His family were concerned as he can not swim.
St Francis Bay volunteers responded to the scene to find that the man had walked further down the beach and then exited the water. He was safely reunited with his family.
At 14h30 on Sunday, 30 December, the NSRI volunteers at Mykonos were called out for a ski boat that was taking on water and sinking with three men on board near the Saldanha iron ore jetty.
The 59 year old skipper, and his two crew, 53 and 63 years old respectively are from Parow in Cape Town and are holidaying in Langebaan.
The Mykonos duty crew launched their 5,5 metre rescue boat Gemini Rescuer II and the TNPA Rescuer One Rescue Runner.
When they arrived on scene they found that another two boats had come alongside the casualty and taken the three men off the sinking ski boat. The NSRI volunteers took the casualty vessel in tow and the boat that had rescued the three men took them back to the Mykonos slip where they were put safely ashore.
SA Paramedic services and a METRO ambulance also responded but the three men were not injured and did not require any more help.