At just after midday on Monday the 21st of April, NSRI Port Edward volunteer sea rescue duty crew were activated following reports of a jet-ski in difficulty off Ramsgate.
Our NSRI Port Edward volunteer sea rescue duty crew dispatched our sea rescue vehicle towing our sea rescue craft DISCOVERY rescue runner to be launched on-scene.
On arrival on-scene we found an adult male, from Pretoria, had managed to get to shore safely but his jet-ski was sinking off-shore after taking on water. A private commercial fishing boat LADY ATLANTIS, from Port Edward, was in the process of assisting by attempting to recover the jet-ski and get it under tow. Their efforts were hampered due to the fact that it was heavily laden with water, semi-submerged and in the process of sinking.
On confirming that the jet-skier was safe and not injured we then launched our sea rescue craft WILD COAST SUN RESCUER, and on arrival on-scene we took over the recovery operation of the jet-ski from the fishing boat.
We managed to get the water out and towed the jet-ski to our sea rescue base in Port Edward where the owner later came to collect it
The cause of the jet-ski taking on water was not established.