At 15h00 on Thursday the 3rd January NSRI Wilderness volunteers were called out to Groenvlei near Sedgefield for a Hobie cat that had capsized.
According to NSRI Wilderness station commander Hennie Niehaus, a 25year old Sedgefield man had stayed with his Hobie cat when it capsized and the mast became stuck in the mud.
The Wilderness duty crew towed the Sea Rescue boat Swart Tobie to Groenvlei and launched it there. They were unable to dislodge the mast form the mud, so they disconnected it and brought the young man and his Hobie safely to shore, leaving the mast to be fetched at a later stage.
According to Mick Banks, NSRI station commander at Port Edward, a 15 year old girl drowned at the Wild Coast Sun Casino’s beach on Thursday the 3rd of December 2013.
Wild Coast Waterworld lifesavers and Netcare 911 paramedics were first on-scene and managed to save another teen in distress in the sea.
Lifeguards noticed that the two girls were in difficulty and rushed to their aid. Both girls were pulled from the water. Paramedics tried for over an hour to resuscitate the 15-year-old, but she died on the scene.
The other girl was stabilised and taken to a nearby hospital.