At 13h34, Monday, 29th December, NSRI Port Alfred duty crew were activated following reports of a man overboard a small boat near to the Kowie River Mouth.
NSRI Port Alfred dispatched the sea rescue craft LOTTO CHALLENGER and it was reported that the local boat DUTCH SPIRIT had rescued the lone occupant of the 3.6 meter boat HOT STUFF from the water but the 60 year old male had not been wearing his kill-switch (which automatically cuts the engine of a boat if you go overboard) and the boat HOT STUFF had continued unoccupied out to sea with DUTCH SPIRIT in pursuit and with the casualty now onboard DUTCH SPIRIT.
The sea rescue craft caught up with the pursuit and came alongside the unmanned HOT STUFF, which was travelling at 15 knots in bumpy seas and out of control, and NSRI rescuers used a boat hook to pull out fuel lines in an effort to cut the motor and using the boat hook to disconnect the starter switch and the small boat came to a halt 4 nautical miles off-shore.
Without warning the skipper of HOT STUFF then dived off DUTCH SPIRIT into the sea and swam to his boat and once onboard tried to get his boats motor started but with the fuel lines disconnected, and bumping around and adrift in heavy seas, he was unable to restart the motor.
The sea rescue craft came alongside the casualty boat and while efforts to reconnect the fuel lines were being made the small casualty boat capsized.
NSRI took the skipper onboard LOTTO CHALLENGER and towed his boat safely to shore where once safely ashore no further assistance was required.
At 14h50, Monday, 29th December, NSRI Witsand duty crew launched FALCON RESCUER to go to the assistance of a kite-boarder unable to get his kite airborne in the Breede River Mouth while kite surfing.
On arrival on-scene 56 year old Hennie Adriaanse was taken onboard the sea rescue craft and his kite board was recovered and the Cape Town man, who has a holiday house at Cape Infanta, was brought to shore without incident and he required no further assistance.
ST FRANCIS BAY:
At 13h30, Monday, 29th December, NSRI St Francis Bay dispatched the sea rescue craft SPIRIT OF ST FRANCIS II to rendezvous with the Chokka fishing boat BRIDGETTE, reporting a 56 year fisherman suspected to be suffering a Stroke (CVA – Cerebrovascular Accident) onboard, 13 nautical miles off-shore.
On arrival on-scene the fisherman was found to be in a stable condition suffering suspected dehydration and he has been brought to the Port of St Francis aboard the sea rescue craft and transported to hospital by Private Care ambulance for further medical evaluation and treatment.
At, 15h45, Monday, 29th December, NSRI Hermanus duty crew were alerted by the Overberg Fire Control of a rubber duck in difficulty without motor power between Kleinmond and Betties Bay with 4 men onboard and drifting into a kelp bed.
The SA Police Services and WC Government Health EMS responded and NSRI Hermanus dispatched the sea rescue craft HUNTERS GOLD RESCUER and on arrival on-scene found all 4 men safe but in amongst a kelp bed in choppy seas.
The German skipper, 63, who lives in Cape Town for 3 months of the year, and his friend, 28, a German tourist, were taken off the boat and put onto the sea rescue craft and two local Kleinmond men, aged 40 and 38, stayed on the rubber duck and we towed them safely ashore to Kleinmond harbour without incident and once all were safely ashore no further assistance was required.
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