On Saturday afternoon, 27th June, three couples (who are NSRI crew) all happened upon a bicycle accident at the same time. The crew (including paramedics and first aiders) weighed in to lend a hand at a scene on Kommetjie Road where a woman in her late 40’s, had hit a curb while cycling in a group causing her to tumble to the ground and she sustained neck and back, facial and hand injuries.
We treated her on the scene before a CMR (Cape Medical Response) ambulance arrived and they took her to hospital in a serious but stable condition for further treatment.
At 13h26 on Sunday, 28th June, NSRI Table Bay launched a sea rescue craft and towed in the 64 foot yacht VOORTREKKER II that sustained battery failure and was unable to motor into Port.
NSRI Table Bay reached them just outside of the Port of Table Bay and they were towed to Port without incident.
At 16h55, Sunday, 28th June, NSRI East London duty crew were activated following eye-witness reports of 2 men swept off rocks at Cove Rock, approximately 12 nautical miles from East London in the direction of Port Alfred.
It appears that two anglers were fishing at Cove Rock on a ledge on the rock that outcrops into the sea. The 38 year old father in law was swept into the sea by waves and his 28 year old son in law tried to reach him to try to rescue him by clambering down the rocks but he too was swept into the sea by waves.
Fellow anglers that were there at the time managed to rescue the 28 year old man and they raised the alarm but the 38 year old man had been swept further out to sea before disappearing under the water.
Both men are from East London.
NSRI East London dispatched the sea rescue craft SPIRIT OF ROTARY EAST LONDON II and a sea rescue vehicle, EC Government Health EMS, East London Fire and Rescue Services, the SA Police Services and a Police K9 unit were dispatched.
On arrival on the scene paramedics treated the 28 year old man for shock and for lacerations to his hands caused by being swept against the rocks and by clutching onto barnacles on the rocks while waves were washing over him.
The 28 year old man was transported to hospital by EMS ambulance in a stable condition.
An extensive sea and shore search has revealed no sign of the 38 year old man who is missing and who is presumed to have drowned.
Police will provide trauma counselling to family and NSRI and the emergency services are expressing sincerest condolences to family and friends of the missing man.
A Police Dive Unit and a Police K9 Unit will continue a search for the missing man from first light and Police have opened an investigation into the incident.
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