At 15h20, Saturday, 07th June, NSRI Yzerfontein volunteer sea rescue duty crew were activated following reports from a member of the public of a large sea turtle found coming out of the ocean onto rocks at Rooipan se Klippe, Yzerfontein.
Rudi Rodgers, NSRI Yzerfontein station commander, said: “Our NSRI Yzerfontein volunteers responded to investigate and on arrival on-scene found a large sea turtle on rocks at Rooipan se Klippe suffering an injured flipper and a crack on the shell.
“Assisted by members of the public our sea rescue crew carried the sea turtle to our sea rescue vehicle and the Department of Environment – Oceans and Coasts were alerted and arrangements were made for SANCCOB (South African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds) in Milnerton to send a vehicle to collect the sea turtle.
“Our sea rescue volunteers transported the sea turtle towards Cape Town along the R27 coastal road where we rendezvoused with the SANCCOB volunteers and they have taken over care of the sea turtle which will be transported to the SANCCOB facility in Table View and then transferred to The Two Oceans Aquarium for further medical assessment and treatment.”
Photographs by William Lubbe are available on Sea Rescue’s Flickr page.