It’s been a busy weekend for our crew around the country
At 17h00, Friday, 14th November, NSRI East London duty crew were activated following reports of a drowning in progress at Eastern Beach, East London.
We launched our sea rescue craft LOTTO RESCUE RUNNER and our sea rescue vehicle, EC Government Health EMS and the SA Police Services responded.
Conditions were a 3.5 meter sea swell and gusting to 35 knot Easterly wind.
An off duty Police Officer on the beach had noticed his friend getting into difficulty in the surf and he had raised the alarm but then lost sight of the man and feared that his friend had disappeared under water.
The Police Officer had all of the missing mans personal belongings, including the mans cell phone, and to rule out all possibilities (while rescue resources were responding to the scene) he phoned the missing mans wife from the mans cell phone and the mans wife confirmed that her husband had just arrived home naked but unharmed.
All rescue resources responding to the scene were stood down.
It appears that the man had been swept out to sea by strong rip currents that had ripped his bather off of him in the big surf conditions. But the man managed to reach the beach after swimming further down the beach (free of the rip current but out of sight of his Police Officer friend) and after managing to get to shore safely, in his naked state, he ran for his nearby home rather than stay on the beach and immediately on arriving at home he was about to call his Police Officer friend on the beach from his home phone to let everyone know that he was safe but quick detective work from his Police Officer friend beat him to the call and it was confirmed that rescue resources could be cancelled as no further assistance was required.
At 08h15, Saturday, 15th November, NSRI Durban duty crew were activated by the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) following eye-witness reports of 4 surf-skiers hanging onto a jet-ski off-shore of Virginia Beach and appearing to be in difficulty in a 35 knot South Westerly wind.
While preparing to launch our sea rescue craft MEGAN II the TNPA reported another incident outside of the harbour entrance where a surf-skier was reportedly in difficulty.
We launched our sea rescue craft MEGAN II and our sea rescue vehicle responded to Virginia Beach when it was reported that a private jet-ski had launched from Vetch’s Pier and had assisted the surf-skier outside of the harbour entrance and he had been taken to shore safely and he required no further assistance so our sea rescue craft continued to respond to Virginia Beach to where the 5 surf-skiers were reportedly hanging onto a jet-ski.
On arrival on-scene all 5 surf-skiers, all males in their middle aged, were found safely washed up on the beach.
It appears that a group of developmental surf-skiers had launched their surf-ski’s but got into difficulty in the strong winds before a man on a jet-ski came to their assistance and managed to get all 5 surf-skiers closer to shore and they managed to all reach the beach safely and unharmed.
Then at 11h14, Saturday, 15th November, an abandoned unmanned surf-ski was found on the beach at Umhlanga with no contact details or name on the surf-ski and unknown if it had been abandoned on the beach or if a paddler may still be missing.
During an extensive search and extensive enquiries to try to determine who and where the owner is and with no reports of any persons missing or overdue a man was finally tracked down and he confirmed that the surf-ski belonged to him and he was safe at home.
At 09h30, Saturday, 15th November, NSRI Port Elizabeth duty crew launched our sea rescue craft SPIRIT OF TOFT to patient evacuate a local 24 year old fisherman, suffering chest pains, on the I&J Stern Fishing Trawler BLUE BELL off-shore of the Port of Port Elizabeth.
The patient has been brought to shore aboard our sea rescue craft in a stable condition (walking wounded) and transported to hospital by their ships agent for further treatment.”
At 13h56, Saturday, 15th November, NSRI Port Elizabeth duty crew were placed on alert by the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) following reports of 23 containers fallen off the ship SEROYA LIMA at anchor in Nelson Mandela Bay off-shore of Port Elizabeth.
Arrangements are being made by Port Authorities to deal with the containers.
At 11h41, Saturday, 15th November, WC Government Health EMS control dispatched an EMS rescue vehicle and alerted NSRI Gordon’s Bay following reports of 2 boats suspected to be in difficulty off-shore of Koegel Bay, between Gordon’s Bay and Pringle Bay.
NSRI Gordon’s Bay dispatched our sea rescue vehicle and launched our sea rescue craft SPIRIT OF SURF-SKI and the AMS Red Cross Skymed rescue helicopter was placed on alert.
On arrival on-scene it was found that one boat, an 8 meter rigid inflatable, had suffered engine failure and they had set off red distress flares to raise the alarm.
A pencil rubber duck was also in attendance when our NSRI Gordons Bay sea rescue craft arrived.
It appears that three of the 10 people on board the casualty boat had opted to swim to shore and on reaching the shore safely they were met by NSRI crew from our sea rescue vehicle.
A tow line was rigged but rough sea conditions and strong winds prevented NSRI Gordon’s Bay’s 5.5 meter rigid inflatable to make headway towing the 8.5 meter casualty craft and NSRI Simons Town were activated to respond their deep-sea rescue craft SPIRIT OF SAFMARINE III to take over the tow.
NSRI Simons Town’s SPIRIT OF SAFMARINE III took over the tow of the casualty craft and transferred her 7 crew onto the sea rescue craft and the boat has been safely towed to Gordon’s Bay and no further assistance was required.
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