PORT ELIZABETH and MILNERTON LAGOON – Monday, 23rd September, 2013.
Marcus Oshry, NSRI Port Elizabeth duty controller, said:
“At 16h08 (Monday, NSRI Port Elizabeth volunteer sea rescue duty crew were activated by the Transnet National Ports authority following a request for assistance from a 4 meter ski-boat with 2 local men onboard reporting their boat to be suffering engine failure off-shore of The Willows on ‘The Wild Side’.
“We launched our sea rescue craft EIKOS RESCUER IV and on arrival on-scene, 1 nautical mile off-shore, we found the 2 men ( in their mid thirties) safe and a tow-line was rigged to their boat and we towed them safely to the Noordhoek Ski-boat club where they required no further assistance.”
MILNERTON LAGOON BEACH:
Pat van Eyssen, NSRI Table Bay station commander, said:
“At 17h04 (Monday, 23rd September) NSRI Table Bay were activated by the Transnet National Ports Authority following eye-witness reports of two paddlers, on paddle boards, being swept out through the Milnerton Lagoon Mouth in an outgoing tide.
“The WC Government Health EMS activated the Red Cross AMS Skymed helicopter to respond to assist.
“Prior to arriving on the scene the eye-witness reported that both men had managed to reach the shore before being swept out to sea and they required no further assistance. All rescue resources were stood down not required.”
NSRI Urge the public to exercise extreme caution around the coast on Heritage day due to strong rip-currents being experienced as a result of the recent full moon Spring tide and rough sea conditions being experienced as a result of recent cold fronts.