At 11h13, Sunday, 25th January, NSRI Richards Bay launched the sea rescue craft SPIRIT OF ROUND TABLE and NSRI rescue swimmers and the SA Police Services responded to 1 nautical mile North of the Richards Bay lighthouse following reports of a drowning in progress.
On arrival on-scene a searched commenced for a 15 year old boy who had reportedly gone missing while in the water while swimming in the vicinity where a baptism ceremony was taking place.
Despite an extensive search no sign of the teenager has been found and a Police dive unit are continuing with an ongoing search operation and Police have opened an investigation.
Then at 15h00, Sunday, 25th January, NSRI Richards Bay duty crew, still at the sea rescue base at the time, were alerted to two children reportedly drowning at Pelican Island nearby.
NSRI Richards Bay rescue swimmers raced to the scene where they found bystanders rescuing a girl and a boy, believed to be aged approximately 6 and 7, from the water and NSRI rescue swimmers went into the water and assisted to successfully rescue both children from the water.
The female was not breathing and both were in critical conditions suffering drowning symptoms and near drowning symptoms.
At the same time an ICE ambulance services ambulance arrived on-scene and both children are being transported to hospital while paramedics continue medical treatment and resuscitation efforts in the ambulance.
NSRI have not been informed of the status.
At 13h29, Sunday, 25th January, NSRI Jeffreys Bay duty crew responded to Aston Bay following reports of 5 people, a 22 year old and a 28 year old women and a 22 year old, a 21 year old and a 52 year old men (all 5 people from Port Elizabeth) that reportedly got into difficulty in the surf while swimming but had managed to get to shore safely without assistance.
They were treated on-scene by NSRI medics and paramedics from Private Care ambulance services for hypothermia but none were required to go to hospital and have all been released requiring no further medical assistance.
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