On Thursday, 11th June, at 17h05, NSRI Plettenberg Bay duty crew launched the sea rescue craft RAY FARNHAM to carry out a routine crew rotation in Plettenberg Bay from the fishing vessel RIGEL 4 but found one of the crewmen, a 39 year old Cape Town man, suffering back and arm pain from reportedly being struck by a crayfish basket on board earlier in the day.
The crew rotation was carried out effectively with special care being applied to the injured crewman and once safely ashore despite our medics recommendations that the crewman be seen to by doctors he insisted on going home and he caught the next bus to Cape Town.
We believe that the fisherman saw his own doctor on arrival in Cape Town and that he is now recovering at home.
At 18h30, Friday, 12th June, NSRI Agulhas duty crew activated following eye-witness reports of a red distress flare sighted 2 to 3 nautical miles off-shore South of Agulhas Lighthouse.
Despite an extensive search by the NSRI Agulhas crew on the sea rescue craft VODACOM RESCUER VII no sign of any craft in any distress was found and illuminating flares were used in the search and on deployment of the illuminating flares confirmed to be in the exact area where the red distress flare was sighted by a credible witness.
An all ships marine navigational alert was posted by Telkom Maritime Radio Services but the origin of the red distress flare remains a mystery and there remains no persons or vessels reported to be overdue or missing that may relate to this incident.
At 10h22, Saturday, 13th June, NSRI Melkbosstrand duty crew launched sea rescue craft to investigate eye-witness reports of two men on jet-ski’s last seen disappearing into dense fog off-shore of Bloubergstrand and although no formal alarm raised the eye-witness was concerned.
NSRI Melkbosstrand searched the area but no sign of the jet-skiers were found and it is suspected that they came ashore safely unaware of the eye-witnesses concerns or that sea rescue had launched to check on their safety.
By mid afternoon there remained no reports of anyone missing or overdue on jet-ski’s in the area
At 13h02, Saturday, 13th June, NSRI Kommetjie duty crew launched the sea rescue craft SPIRIT OF WINELANDS following eye-witness reports of an unattended surfboard seen drifting 300 meters off-shore of Misty Cliffs.
The surfboard was recovered by NSRI Kommetjie 500 meters off-shore of Misty Cliffs and brought to the Crayfish Factory launch slipway.
An NSRI Kommetjie crewman began to ask people at Crayfish Factory if they knew of anyone that may be missing related to the surfboard discovered and the first person he asked was surfer James Wills, from Rondebosch, who confirmed that he had just lost his surfboard at sea after the leash snapped and he was driving around the area to see if his surfboard had drifted ashore not realising that NSRI Kommetjie had been activated and he was most grateful that NSRI had recovered his surfboard.
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