On Saturday, 04th January, at 17h00 NSRI Richards Bay responded to the mouth of the small craft harbour where a local charter boater had happened upon the body of a man floating in the water. The body was recovered by NSRI Richards Bay and has been handed into the care of the Forensic Pathology Services and Police. Police suspected, at the time, that the body may be related to a man reported missing three days prior. Police have opened an inquest docket.
NSRI Durban responded late yesterday afternoon, Saturday, 04th January, to assist the 17 foot craft NASTI, suffering motor failure in the Port of Durban, with 2 men onboard. NSRI Durban volunteers, aboard the sea rescue craft MEGAN II, towed the vessel to a berthing where no further assistance was required.
NSRI Witsand responded on Saturday, 04th January, to assist a 6m ski boat with 8 adults and 3 children on board, a single engine craft, where the engine appeared to have seized and the craft was drifting in moderate winds about 8nm from the NSRI Witsand base up the Breede River. NSRI Witsand towed the boat to safety and returned to base and there were no injuries and no further assistance required. Then, also on 04th January, a local Kite surfer got into difficulty at the Breede River Mouth. After the person could not be found by NSRI Witsand the NSRI crew were later informed that a private boat had gone to the kite surfers aid and removed him from water where he required no further assistance.
At 12h45, Sunday, 05th January, NSRI Richards Bay responded to 5 nautical miles North of Richards Bay, to Mzigazi, where a man aged approximately in his mid 20’s was reported missing in the sea, believed to have been swept out to sea by rip currents while swimming.
NSRI Richards Bay and SA National Parks rangers searched extensively but no sign of the man has been found.
At 19h25, Sunday, 05th January, NSRI Plettenberg Bay responded the sea rescue craft LEONARD SMITH to 4 nautical miles off-shore of Robberg to rendezvous with the boat IBAYA to medically assist a 63 year old male suffering hypertension.
On arrival on-scene the patient was transferred onto the sea rescue craft and brought to shore where he was handed over to Medlife paramedics and transported to hospital by ambulance in a stable condition for further treatment.
NSRI Mykonos responded at 18h00, on Sunday, 05th January, following reports of two people being swept out to sea at Friday Island.
On arrival on-scene NSRI Mykonos found both casualties, local Nathan Samanden, 22, and Adiel Hammond, 32, from Wellington, safely out of the water after both men, while being swept out to sea by rip currents, were rescued by Calvin van Heerded, 20, a bystander who went into the water to help after seeing both men struggling in the water in rip currents.
Both casualties were transported to hospital by ambulance in stable conditions for further treatment and for observation.
Calvin van Heerden is commended for his effort of rescuing both men.
At midday, 05th January, NSRI Port Edward responded to assist uBuntu lifeguards at Main Beach. The lifeguards had rescued two females, aged 21 and 17, sisters, from Harding, from the surf and the teenagers were brought to the Port Edward sea rescue base for medical treatment for near drowning symptoms. A Netcare 911 ambulance arrived but the girls father chose to take the girls himself by his own transport home after refusing further assistance.