At 12h30, Sunday, 11th January, NSRI Durban duty crew dispatched the sea rescue craft MEGAN II and a sea rescue vehicle to Sezela Beach on the KZN South Coast following a bystander reportedly finding a fishing ski washed up on the beach with fresh fish and a mans ID book on it, but with no sign of the man.
NSRI Shelly Beach dispatched their sea rescue craft SPIRIT OF DAWN and the Police Search and Rescue were activated.
While responding to the scene it was reported that the owner of the craft, a Jason Savell, had been found safe on the beach.
He had reportedly swum ashore after his anchor line broke while fishing off-shore of Sezela and he was not injured and resources stood down after confirming that no further assistance was required.
At 14h29, Sunday, 11th January, NSRI Mossel Bay duty crew dispatched rescue swimmers and launched the sea rescue craft VODACOM RESCUER II following reports of a drowning in progress at Dias Beach, Mossel Bay.
A Police Sea Borderline boat, that was also carrying members of the Police Dive Unit, WC Government Health EMS, the SA Police Services and ER24 ambulance services also responded.
On arrival on-scene it was found that three children, 2 boys and a girl, believed to be aged approximately 14 years old and to all be friends from Mossel Bay, had been swept out to sea by rip currents while swimming.
An unidentified adult woman had rescued the girl from the water and had commenced CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) but paramedics declared the girl deceased after CPR was unsuccessful.
The Police boat had located and recovered the bodies of both of the boys from the water but both had succumbed to drowning and were declared deceased by paramedics.
Their bodies have been taken into the care of the Forensic Pathology Services and Police have opened an inquest docket.
Family that were on the scene are being supported by Police trauma counsellors. Our sincere condolences to the children families.
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At 15h07, Sunday, 11th January, NSRI Hermanus duty crew towed the sea rescue craft LE JENMAR II to Hawston Beach, near to Hermanus, where Law Enforcement officers reported a man and a woman caught in rip currents and being swept out to sea.
It was reported that lifeguards had entered the water to attempt a rescue, Law Enforcement were already on the scene, and the SA Police Services and WC Government Health EMS had also responded.
when NSRI Hermanus arrived on scene, CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) efforts by paramedics were under way on a 41 year old man, from Robertson, that lifeguards had rescued from the surf. NSRI Hermanus launched the sea rescue craft to search for a 17 year old girl, believed to be the man’s Niece, also from Robertson, who was still missing in the surf.
During a search NSRI Hermanus located and recovered the body of the teenager from the surf and sadly paramedics declared the her deceased.
Despite extensive CPR efforts paramedics then also declared the 41 year old man deceased.
The bodies of the two have been taken into the care of the Forensic Pathology Services and Police have opened an inquest docket.
The families of the deceased, on a joint holiday from Robertson, are being supported by Police trauma counsellors. Our sincere condolences to the families of the deceased.
NSRI are informed that this was two related families from Robertson on their last day of their holiday together and they had all gone to the beach to swim before returning to Robertson.
NSRI and the emergency services express sincere Condolences to the families and friends of the drowning victims in Mossel Bay and at Hawston today
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