At 08h10 on Saturday 01st June NSRI Shelly Beach duty crew were called out following reports of a jet-ski with suspected mechanical motor failure in the vicinity of Protea Banks, approximately 4 nautical miles off Shelly Beach and requesting assistance.
Pieter Coetzee, NSRI Shelly Beach deputy station commander, said: “Mike Dehr, from Durban, a jet-skier with his friend Grant Hayes, 36, from Pinetown, had contacted the Transnet National Ports Authority to raise the alarm after Grant’s jet ski appeared to have mechanical failure while they jet-ski’d together in the vicinity of Protea Banks. Concerns were raised when it surfaced that Grant is an insulin dependent diabetic who did not have his medication with him.
“NSRI Shelly Beach volunteer sea rescue duty crew launched CALTEX CHALLENGER II and responded.
“On arrival on-scene, in rough sea swells of 2 to 3 meters, we found Grant in an understandably anxious state of mind and he was taken aboard our sea rescue craft where our NSRI medics reassured him and made him comfortable and we took his jet ski under tow.
“His friend Mike went ashore on his own jet-ski without requiring any assistance.
“We brought Grant to our Shelly Beach sea rescue base where further medical treatment was administered by our NSRI medics and following treatment and reassurance Grant was released in good health.
“The two men’s jet-ski’s were loaded onto their trailer with our assistance and Grant will have his jet-ski’s motor repaired at a later stage.
“NSRI commend the two men for being well prepared to deal with the unexpected emergency particularly in the rough sea state.”