At 19h00, Monday, 29th December, NSRI Hermanus transported an exchange crewman to the fishing trawler RALAEKA, 3 nautical miles off-shore of the Hermanus New Harbour, and brought an ill crewman back to shore without incident.
Then at 18h26, Tuesday, 30th December, NSRI Hermanus responded to Grotto Beach following reports of a kite surfer in difficulty.
The NSRI Hermanus sea rescue vehicle arrived on-scene to find the kite surfer safely ashore.
A paddler had gone to the kite surfers aid managing to get him into the surf line where lifeguards waded into the surf and helped to get the paddler ashore where the kite surfer, a 39 year old male from Durbanville, required no further assistance.
The kite surfers sail was recovered but his kite board was lost at sea.
At midnight, Wednesday, 31st December, NSRI Agulhas duty crew responded Vodacom Rescuer VII to assist the Chucky fishing boat STELLA suffering motor failure 3 nautical miles off shore of the Struisbaai harbour in worsening sea conditions with 6 crew onboard.
On arrival on-scene, in choppy rough breaking sea swells, a tow line was rigged to the casualty craft and they have been towed safely into the harbour. The operation was completed at 04h00.
Then at 06h30 NSRI Agulhas dispatched a sea rescue vehicle to Northumberland Point, 2 nautical miles from Struisbaai harbour, following reports of a Trans Agulhas racing rubber duck capsized, with 2 crew onboard, while testing a motor.
NSRI Agulhas duty crew prepared to launch a sea rescue craft but on the sea rescue vehicle arriving on-scene it was found that the 2 men had righted their craft and they came into the harbour without further assistance.
The skipper, Wimpie Ackerman, was treated for a laceration to his right knee by NSRI medics but required no further assistance once patched up.
ST FRANCIS BAY:
At 11h40, Wednesday, 31st December. NSRI St Francis Bay launched SPIRIT OF ST FRANCIS II to rendezvous with the Chokka fishing boat COOMBAVA reporting a 38 year old crewman, from Tsitsikama, onboard suffering dehydration, 2 nautical off-shore of the Port of St Francis.
On arrival on-scene the patient, in a stable condition, was taken onboard the sea rescue craft and brought into Port and he has been transported to hospital by Private Care ambulance.
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