At 11h55 on Wednesday the 26th of June the Agulhas duty crew were called out following reports of two people in difficulty on a Jet-ski off-shore of Arniston.
Reinard Geldenhuys, NSRI Agulhas station commander, said: “Our volunteers towed I&J RESCUER II and launched at Arniston and the Overberg Fire and Rescue Service, based in Bredasdorp and closer to the scene, towed their Fire and Rescue Service rescue craft which was also launched at Arniston.
“The SA Police Services and the WC Government Health EMS also responded.
“On arrival on-scene a search commenced but was hampered by a 20 knot off-shore North Westerly wind and rough seas. Despite the difficult conditions the casualties were found adrift 2 nautical miles off-shore by the Overberg Fire and Rescue Service rescue craft.
“The two men, Robert Trautman, 36, from Worcester, and Coenie Human, 38, from Victoria West were taken aboard our sea rescue craft and brought to shore while the Overberg Fire and Rescue Service towed the casualty jet-ski to shore.
“Both men were checked by the EMS paramedics and although a bit cold neither of the men require any medical treatment.
“They had been spearfishing off The Point at Roman Beach, Arniston, using their jet-ski, and it appears that while they were spearfishing their jet-ski became waterlogged. When they got back onto the jet-ski it capsized causing the motor to fail. They raised the alarm and wearing wet-suits they then hung onto the jet-ski which was gradually swept further out to sea.
“Their jet-ski has been recovered onto its trailer.”