At 16h54 on Thursday the 29th of May, NSRI Knysna volunteer sea rescue duty crew were activated following reports from an ex NSRI Knysna crew member reporting 3 local paddlers overdue from paddling to Buffalo Bay, Knysna.
The 3 paddlers had paddled from Buffalo Bay to Knysna Lagoon but on finding the surf to be breaking in the Knysna Heads they opted to rather turn around and paddle back to Buffalo Bay (rather than risk going through the Heads in breaking surf). They also confirmed with family of their intentions and that they expected to be approximately an hour.
When they failed to arrive in Buffalo Bay on schedule the alarm was raised.
NSRI Knysna volunteer sea rescue duty crew launched the sea rescue craft COLORPRESS RESCUER and responded.
Following a brief search all 3 paddlers were found safe, about twenty minutes paddle from Buffalo Bay, and making their way towards Buffalo Bay. NSRI Knysna escorted them to their destination after confirming with the concerned family that all paddlers were safe and in no danger.
NSRI commend the caller for taking the good precaution of alerting sea rescue without delay when the paddlers were overdue.