SEA RESCUE – Port Elizabeth; Milnerton; Strand – Thursday, 19th September, 2013. Boat capsizes – P.E.; Old wreck poses danger on beach – Milnerton; Man who reportedly jumped into the water at Strand missing:
At 16h51 (Thursday, 19th September) NSRI Port Elizabeth volunteer sea rescue duty crew were activated following reports of a rubber duck capsized at St Georges Strand, North of Port Elizabeth.
While preparing to launch sea rescue craft NSRI rescue swimmers, who had responded by road, arrived on-scene to find the rubber-duck and all crew that were onboard were safely ashore and not injured.
The owners recovered their rubber duck.
It appears that they had capsized in the surf line but all those that were involved had managed to get to shore safely and no further details were obtained by NSRI.
At 17h57 (Thursday, 19th September) NSRI Gordons Bay volunteer sea rescue duty crew were activated following reports of a suspected drowning in Strand.
An extensive search by NSRI Gordons Bay sea rescue craft and Police has revealed no sign of the man.
Eye-witnesses reported seeing the unidentified man jump into the water and disappear but the circumstances surrounding the incident are unclear.
A Police Dive Unit are on the scene and they will continue a search and Police are investigating.
At 15h48 (Thursday, 19th September) NSRI Table Bay volunteer sea rescue duty crew were activated following reports of an old boat wreck being swept out of the Milnerton Lagoon Mouth.
While no lives were reported to be in danger NSRI Table Bay dispatched a ground crew to investigate and an old wooden wreck was found to have washed out of the lagoon and has landed up on the beach in front of the Lagoon Beach Hotel.
It appears that this old wooden boat wreck had washed into the lagoon some 3 years ago and locals had secured the wreck to the shore, inside the lagoon, to prevent it from posing any danger to lagoon users. Yesterday, during a storm, the wreck had broken its mooring and today, in an outgoing tide, it was swept out of the lagoon mouth and washed ashore on the beach.
The City of Cape Town Disaster Management are investigating options to secure the wreck, to prevent it from being washed out to sea, and then options for possible removal from the beach.