At 13h00, Thursday, 01 January, NSRI East London duty crew, BCM Fire and Rescue Services and EC Government Health EMS responded to Eastern Beach following reports of a drowning in progress.
On arrival on-scene it was found that lifeguards rescued a 10 year old female from the surf after she was caught in rip currents while swimming.
The child has been transported to hospital in a stable condition by EMS ambulance suffering near drowning symptoms.
At, 12h01, Thursday, 01 January, NSRI Jeffreys Bay responded to Paradise Beach following eye-witness reports of a parachutist fallen into the sea.
On arrival on-scene the NSRI DISCOVERY rescue runner and the sea rescue craft LOVED 1’s 24:. were launched and members of the public on a private boat had recovered a parachute from the surf and NSRI commenced a search for a suspected missing parachutist but shortly into the search NSRI were informed that a tandem parachute jump had gone astray forcing the parachute to be ditched and an emergency reserve parachute deployed.
The unmanned ditched parachute landed in the sea while the parachutist and tandem passenger reportedly landed safely unharmed.
The parachute was recovered and returned that the skydiving club.
Then at 13h15, NSRI Jeffreys Bay duty crew attended to a near drowning accident involving an 8 year old female, from Uitenhage, at Main Beach.
On arrival on scene the patient was in the care of lifeguards and NSRI medics assisted the lifeguards to treat her for near drowning symptoms and she has been transported to hospital in a stable condition by Private Care ambulance.
At 15h30 and at 16h10, in two separate incidents two 5 year old male children was brought to the Jeffreys Bay sea rescue base by public members.
It appears that the children’s parents in both cases had left to go home without their children and in both cases on discovering that their children weren’t with them on arriving home returned to the beach to collect their children.
At 17h20 NSRI Jeffreys Bay responded to reports from lifeguards of 3 men being swept out to sea at Main Beach.
Lifeguards rescued all 3 men from the water and one of the 3 men, a 22 year old from Humansdorp, was treated for near drowning symptoms and transported to hospital in a stable condition by EC Government Health EMS for observation for secondary drowning.
ST FRANCIS BAY:
This afternoon, Thursday, 01 January, NSRI St Francis Bay duty crew responded 15 nautical miles off-shore to patient evacuate a 38 year old fisherman suffering seizures aboard the Chokka fishing boat CONQUEST.
The patient was brought to Port and transported to hospital by Private Care ambulance.
At 11h30, Thursday, 01 January, while on active stand by at Natures Valley Beach NSRI Plettenberg Bay duty crew responded to Natures valley lagoon and recovered a 7 year old local male from the water.
CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) efforts commenced, NSRI medics assisted by a doctor who happened to be on the beach at the time, and joined by Police and WC Government Health EMS paramedics but after all efforts to resuscitate the child were exhausted paramedics declared the child deceased.
The body of the child has been handed into the care of the Forensic Pathology Services and Police have opened an inquest docket.
ST HELENA BAY:
At 17h31 NSRI Mykonos towed a sea rescue craft to St Helena Bay and launched to assist a fishing boat SEABREEZE with fuel lines suspected to be water contaminated.
At 15h10 NSRI Wilderness, Sedgefield Fire and Rescue Services, SA Police Services, WC Government Health EMS and the Red Cross AMS Skymed rescue helicopter responded to Groenvlei Beach following reports of three male teenagers being swept out to sea.
On arrival on-scene two teenagers were found safe on the beach and not injured after managing to get out of the surf safely but a 17 year old local male remains missing and despite an extensive search no sign of the teenager has been found.
A Police Dive Unit will continue a search operation and Police are investigating.
At 15h56, NSRI Melkbosstrand, NSRI Table Bay, Cape Town Fire and Rescue Services, SA Police Services, Law Enforcement, the Red Cross AMS Skymed rescue helicopter responded to Milnerton Beach to join lifeguards searching for an unidentified male, believed to be aged about 30, who eye-witnesses claimed disappeared under water while swimming.
Despite an extensive search no sign of the man has been found and a Police Dive Unit will take over the search.
No family have come forward to claim that a man fitting the description is missing and Police are investigating.
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