DURBAN. Numerous incidents:
On Sunday, 06th January, at 18h05 NSRI Durban crew were activated following reports of a drowning at Inanda Dam. NSRI responded to the scene to find that a man, believed to be aged in his thirties, had gone missing after a water skiing trip after the group of friends had stopped in their ski-boat to take an afternoon swim. While swimming the man had disappeared in the water. The group tried in vain to find the man but when they could not find him they raised the alarm.
Despite an extensive search no sign of the man was found and the location of the incident was marked. A Police Search and Rescue team will continue the search today (Monday, 07th January) which will include a dive search.
The NSRI have no further details and Police have opened an inquest docket and have taken over the ongoing search.
Then at 20h08, NSRI Durban volunteer sea rescue duty crew were activated by the Transnet National Ports Authority following reports that a man had fallen overboard the pleasure cruise boat SEA JOY in front of Pier 105 inside the Durban Port and while NSRI were responding to the scene it was confirmed that the man had managed to swim to the tyre tubes that line the edge of the harbour wall and he had climbed out of the water and he was not injured and no further assistance was required and NSRI were stood down to return to base.
Then at 20h19 NSRI Durban was alerted to reports of suspected red distress flares sighted off-shore of Ballito. Clifford Ireland, NSRI Durban station commander, said that on investigation it was determined that members of the public were setting off sky lanterns from the beach and eye-witnesses had suspected that they were red distress flares.
NSRI continue to appeal to the public not to set off sky lanterns (which float into the sky) as they are often mistaken for red distress flares.
MELKBOSSTRAND. Kite surfer just manages to reach shore exhausted:
On Sunday, 06th January, at 17h59, NSRI Melkbosstrand crew were activated following numerous eye-witness reports of a kite-surfer in difficulty off-shore of the Dolphin Beach Hotel, Tableview.
On arrival on-scene, a search commenced for the kite-surfer who was then found on the beach and although exhausted he was not injured and he was safe.
The man said he had got into difficulty behind the breaker line after being unable to get his kite airborne and despite his best efforts he found he couldn’t get to shore and became exhausted until a wave finally aided his efforts and he reached the beach.
CAMPS BAY. Near drowning incident:
On Sunday, 06th January, at 18h41, NSRI Bakoven were alerted to reports of a drowning at Camps Bay Beach. While preparing to launch the sea rescue craft it was confirmed that the patient was safely out of the water and in the hands of paramedics and suffering near drowning symptoms. SRI have no further details.
SIMONS TOWN. NSRI assist to tow a boat to Port.
On Sunday, 06th January, at around midday, NSRI Simonstown assisted to tow a boat to Simons Town harbour.
The casualty boat, which experienced engine trouble off Cape Point, was being towed by a fellow private boat that was helping but they requested NSRI Simonstown to come to take over the tow as sea conditions and wind conditions were getting stronger.
NSRI Simons Town took over the tow between Millers Point and Cape Point and towed the boat safely to the Simons Town harbour without incident.
KOMMETJIE. Boat experiences engine trouble in the channel at Kommetjie slipway:
On Sunday, 06th January, at 12h04, NSRI Kommetjie volunteer sea rescue duty crew were activated following reports of a boat in difficulties in the channel, and in the wave line, in front of the Kommetjie boat slipway.
While preparing to launch the sea rescue craft the casualty boat, with 3 people onboard, managed to reach shore without assistance and no further help was required and no one was injured.