At 16h18, Friday, 13th March, NSRI Hout Bay duty crew launched the rescue runner BOETIE WOLTEMADE and the sea rescue craft ALBIE MATTHEWS following an activation by the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) reporting 2 divers being swept out to sea in the vicinity of Duiker Island.
Gary Mitchells from Hout Bay reported that his son Justin, 22, and a friend Stewart Hillary, 21, from Limpopo, had gone diving near to Duiker Island but in a strong wind appeared unable to get back to shore once they surfaced from the dive and they were being swept towards Maori Bay.
On arrival on the scene NSRI found both men had reached shore safely.
Both divers were safe and not injured and NSRI took Gary Mitchell aboard the sea rescue craft along with both the diver’s diving gear and took him safely to Hout Bay harbour. The two divers hiked back and arrived a short while later.
NSRI commend Gary Mitchell for calling sea rescue promptly to raise the alarm when he suspected his son and friend to be in difficulty. Fortunately they got to shore before help was needed but the danger they were in was real and present at the time of the initial alarm being raised.
A paddler appeared to be missing off-shore of Southbroom (between Southbroom and San LaMeer).
At 19h01 on Friday the 13th of March, NSRI Port Edward and NSRI Shelly Beach activated following reports of a paddler capsized and according to fisherman they had lost sight of the paddler and feared he was in difficulty.
No reports of a paddler overdue or missing had been filed by later but patrons of a restaurant also reported seeing the paddler launch but not return.
Arrangements were made for a search to get underway including both NSRI Port Edward and NSRI Shelly Beach and a Transnet Ports Authority rescue helicopter to be launched at first light, Saturday, 14th March. The paddling community were alerted through Social Media to assist to identify the paddler by the description provided by eye-witnesses and it was later confirmed that Mike Halliday, an ex Springbok paddler, had launched at Southbroom but had in fact returned safely and no further action was necessary as he was safe and not in any difficulty.
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