At 02h00, Thursday, 01 January, while on active duty at Jeffreys Bay Main Beach, sea rescue crews witnessed a small boat with 6 people onboard, all from Sweden, 2 men and 4 women, suspected to have hit a submerged object in the water on the Marina Martinique and capsizing causing all 6 people to be thrown into the water.
NSRI rescue swimmers, assisted by members of the public, assisted all 6 people out of the water and they were treated for shock and mild hypothermia and transported home by NSRI to get dry clothing while members of the public secured the upturned boat and arrangements will be made to recover the boat.
At 09h15, Thursday, 01 January, NSRI Strandfontein duty crew were activated by the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) following reports from the City of Cape Town Disaster Risk Management that they were on the scene at Far Eastern Beach, between Monwabisi and Macassar, and had deployed Law Enforcement Marine rescue swimmers into the surf to search for a 22 year old male from Khayelitsha reported missing (originally believed to be 19 years old but confirmed now to be a 22 year old male).
The SA Police Services and a sea rescue vehicle carrying NSRI rescue swimmers and a sea rescue craft were dispatched and Law Enforcement launched a rescue jet-ski.
On arrival on-scene NSRI assisted Law Enforcement in an extensive search, the search was joined by a Police helicopter, but no sign of the man has been found and a Police Dive Unit will continue in an ongoing search operation for the missing man who is feared to have drowned.
Then at 10h45, NSRI Strandfontein, Law Enforcement Marine Unit and Cape Town Fire and Rescue Services responded to Garbage Beach, near to Mnandi, following reports of a drowning in progress.
On arrival on the scene a 26 year old male was found to already be out of the water and he was treated for near drowning symptoms and transported to hospital by WC Government Health EMS ambulance in a stable condition.
4 children have been treated by paramedics for injuries at Camps Bay Beach today, Thursday, 01 January.
Community Medics and ER24 ambulance services responded to Camps Bay Beach at approximately 10h45, following reports of two children patients in two separate incidents.
According to eye-witness reports an unidentified member of the public found a 4 year old girl lying face down in the tidal pool at Camps Bay Beach and rescued the child who was breathing.
Paramedics treated the child for near drowning symptoms.
In a separate incident at the same time Community Medics and ER24 ambulance services treated a 10 year old girl after she was knocked over by a wave at Camps Bay Beach.
Both children have been transported to hospital by ER24 ambulance in stable conditions for further treatment and observation.
Then at 11h34 Community Medics were called to the Police Beach Hut on Camps Bay Beach and two children, a 4 year old and an 8 year old girl, were treated by paramedics for shock and cold after they had been knocked over by waves in the shallow surf line before being brought to the Police Hut on Camps Bay Beach by their parents.
Neither of the two children required to be transported to hospital and they were released by paramedics into their parents care.
NSRI ARE URGING PARENTS TO HAVE RESPONSIBLE ADULT SUPERVISION FOR THEIR CHILDREN ON BEACHES AND AT INLAND WATERS.
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