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SEA RESCUE – Western Cape – Friday, 26th December. Boat capsizes, St Helena Bay. Boaters assisted ashore, Witsand. 2 children swept out to sea but now safe, Kommetjie. Family swept off their feet by rip currents, Misty Cliffs:
At 17h46 Mykonos duty crew were activated following eye-witness reports of a boat capsized off Shelly Point, St Helena Bay, reportedly with 2 or 3 persons on the upturned hull of the 3.2 meter V-Jet boat and being swept out to sea.
Prior to NSRI arriving on-scene a private boat, MUNA, went to their assistance and successfully rescued two people and were attempting to recover the boat and it was confirmed that only the 2 people, a 39 year old man, from Heidelberg, Gauteng and a 65 year old man, from Klerksdorp, had been on the boat when it capsized.
They had reportedly launched into rough seas, with a 4 meter swell and 34 knot South South Westerly wind, to try to recover a paddle board before capsizing and being swept out to sea on the upturned hull of their boat.
NSRI Mykonos and WC Government Health EMS continued to respond and on arrival on scene NSRI Mykonos launched their sea rescue craft and met up with the boat MUNA.
Both men were brought to shore and have gone to hospital in their own transport suffering mild hypothermia after refusing ambulance assistance.
Their boat will be recovered.
At 17h00 NSRI Witsand launched a sea rescue craft to go to the assistance of a boat in the Breede River with motor failure.
7 people, all adults, 2 women and 5 men, from Cape Town, were ferried to shore without incident and their boat recovered.
At 18h30 Kommetjie responded to Inner Komm following reports of two 12 year old boys being swept out to sea.
A surfer confirmed to NSRI that it appeared that both children had reached rocks and had managed to get out of the water and appeared to be unharmed.
NSRI Kommetjie continued to respond to verify that the children weren’t injured and on arrival on-scene both children had already left the beach and the eye-witness confirmed that both children had reached rocks and had managed to get out safely and appeared to not be injured before leaving the beach.
At 19h35, NSRI Kommetjie and CMR (Cape Medical Response) were alerted by the WC Government Health EMS rescue control room of a near drowning accident at Misty Cliffs near to Scarborough (between Kommetjie and Cape Point).
Eye witnesses reported that 3 people had been swept off their feet by rip currents while wading in ankle deep water and were swept out to sea. A man had managed to get out of the water safely unassisted onto rocks and unidentified bystanders had rescue the two women in the surf and all were injured.
NSRI Kommetjie dispatched a sea rescue vehicle and CMR dispatched response paramedics and ambulances.
On arrival on-scene a Fish Hoek family, a father, 58, his wife, 65 and their 41 year old daughter were found safe on the beach, suffering hypothermia and the father with a fractured foot and the wife and daughter suffering near drowning symptoms.
They were stabilised by paramedics and transported to hospital by CMR ambulance in stable conditions.
Incidents - Motor Vehicle Accident, Wilderness. Paddler rescued, Jeffreys Bay. Kite boarder abandons kite, Sunset Beach. Bakoven sea rescue base damaged in rough seas. Teenager missing, Gordons Bay. Mass near drowning incident and boat run aground, Durban:
Lifeguards have confirmed that a drowning victim, an adult male, has not been recovered at Salmon Bay, Ballito following a drowning accident.
Then at Addington Beach, Durban, lifeguards reported that a tidal surge caused 150 people to be swept out to sea.
One person, an adult male, drowned and his body was recovered.
Ethekweni lifeguards rescued the people and KZN-EMRS paramedics treated 40 people for near drowning symptoms but none were required to be transported to hospital.
At 16h39, Friday, 26th December, NSRI Durban responded to Addington Beach following reports of a mass drowning incident.
On arrival on-scene Ethekweni lifeguards and KZN EMRS confirmed that all people (unknown to NSRI the number of people involved) had been rescued from the surf by lifeguards and required no further assistance.
In a separate incident at 17h00 NSRI Durban sea rescue craft responded to the Whaling Station, Durban, where a 5 meter ski-boat with 2 men onboard was reported to have capsized at the back breaker line.
On arrival on-scene the boat was found washed ashore and both men were safely ashore and not injured.
They will make arrangements to recover their boat.
Lifeguards have confirmed a drowning incident at Ballito where a body was recovered. The incident reportedly happened during today, Friday, 26th December.
Lifeguards have also reported a drowning incident at The Cutting that happened yesterday, Thursday, 25th December, and during an ongoing search today the body of a male was recovered from the surf.
At 11h45, Friday, 26th December, NSRI Wilderness duty crew responded to assist at a motor vehicle accident on the N2 in Wilderness where a motor bike T-boned a motor vehicle.
The adult male motor cyclist was treated on the scene for suspected spinal injuries and transported to hospital by WC Government Health EMS ambulance in a serious but stable condition.
In a separate incident Municipal beach authorities closed Wilderness Beach today due to rough seas and extremely strong rip currents.
At 14h40 a kite boarder swam safely to shore at Sunset Beach after abandoning his kite and board at sea after getting into difficulty.
Later the man managed to recover his kite but his blue Axis kite board was lost at sea last seen drifting in the direction of Dolphin Beach.
During the early morning rough sea Spring Tide that caused some flooding to some low lying coastal areas along the Western Cape West Coast and Atlantic Seaboard NSRI Bakoven sea rescue base suffered a damaged door and life jackets were swept out to sea.
A wooden door was shattered by the rough seas but only minor damage caused to the sea rescue station which was not manned at the time.
At 15h35 NSRI Gordons Bay duty crew were activated following reports of a drowning in progress at Strand Beach slip way.
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement, including a Law Enforcement Marine boat had launched a search for an 18 year old man missing in the surf.
NSRI Gordons Bay launched a sea rescue craft. A sea rescue vehicle, the SA Police Services, WC Government Health EMS, the Red Cross AMS Skymed rescue helicopter also responded.
On arrival on-scene it was determined that a 18 year old man and unconfirmed reports of a 14 year old girl had been swept out to sea.
Two lifeguards on paddle boards had initiated a search that was joined by Law Enforcement Marine officers on a rigid inflatable boat.
A Police helicopter that was in the area at the time assisted in a search.
Despite an extensive air, sea and shore search no sign of the 18 year old, from Eerste River, who is confirmed to have disappeared under water after being swept out to sea, could be found.
Unconfirmed reports of a 14 year old girl missing in the same area and in the same incident cannot be confirmed as no family have come forward to verify the reports.
A Police Dive Unit were activated and will take over a search operation. Police are investigating.
NSRI Gordons Bay will assist Police divers in an ongoing search operation on Saturday, 27th December.
At 11h47, Friday, 26th December, NSRI Jeffreys Bay duty crew responded to assist an man in difficulty on a paddle board.
An NSRI rescue swimmer swam out to the man before the NSRI rescue runner arrived on-scene and the man was brought safely to the beach. His paddle board was also recovered. He required no further assistance.
In a separate incident Municipal beach authorities closed Jeffreys Bay Beach today due to rough sea conditions and strong rip currents.
NSRI are urging bathers to be extremely cautious over this weekend while rough seas and strong rip currents continue to be experienced around the coast.
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JBay_0958 Jeffreys Bay duty crew responded to assist an man in difficulty on a paddle board. Picture Rute C Martins.
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