SEA RESCUE – Cape Town – Sunday, 30th August. Rubber-Duck recovered, Cape Point. False Alarm with good intentions, Bloubergstrand. Man rescued from harbour, Hout Bay:
At 06h29, Sunday, 30th August, NSRI Simonstown launched the sea rescue craft SPIRIT OF SAFMARINE III following reports of a boat suspected to be in difficulty off-shore of Smitswinkel Bay, Cape Point.
The EMS/AMS Skymed rescue helicopter, SA Police Services and Table Mountain National Park rangers responded.
On arrival on the scene a rigid inflatable boat (RIB) was found floating on the water in the Bay but despite an extensive air, sea and land search no people were found in sight and a report that 6 people had abandoned the RIB at sea is being investigated by Police.
There are no reports of anyone missing or overdue in the area.
The RIB has been recovered and taken away by Police.
At 12h20, Sunday, 30th August, NSRI Table Bay launched the sea rescue craft SPIRIT OF VODACOM and ROTARY ENDEAVOUR and NSRI MELKBOSSTRAND dispatched a sea rescue vehicle and the sea rescue craft MENS HEALTH RESCUER was launched in front of Doodles Restaurant, Bloubergstrand, following eye-witness reports of a paddler or a kite-surfer appearing to be in difficulty in the surf.
The EMS/AMS Skymed rescue helicopter and Table View Neighbourhood watch responded.
Despite an extensive air, sea and shore search no sign of a paddler or a kite-surfer in any difficulty was found and it is suspected that the paddler or kite surfer may have appeared to be in difficulty but came ashore out of eye-sight of the eye-witness.
No reports of any person overdue or missing in the area has been reported.
At 14h30, ,Sunday, 30th August, NSRI Hout Bay, while conducting routine skipper/coxswain training with NSRI duty coxswains from other upcountry sea rescue stations, were activated following reports from Hout Bay Neighbourhood Watch Control Room, Watchcon, of a person fallen into the Hout Bay Harbour next to Mariners Wharf Restaurant.
NSRI Hout Bay’s sea rescue craft NADINE GORDIMER diverted from the training exercise and on arrival on the scene a 48 year old local man was found hanging onto rope between two fishing trawlers in the harbour.
NSRI Mossel Bay rescue swimmer Jeremiah Meintjes was deployed into the water from the sea rescue and the man, suffering hypothermia and near drowning symptoms, was rescued onto the NSRI rescue craft.
NSRI CEO, Dr Cleeve Robertson, who was onboard the sea rescue craft at the time assisting with the Coxswain training, treated the patient and the patient was brought to shore and transported to hospital in a stable condition by WC Government Health EMS ambulance for observation for secondary drowning.
It appears that a scuffle had broken out between two men on the harbour pier and during the scuffle one man fell into the water. Local security are investigating an incident between two men.