Clifford Ireland, NSRI Durban station commander, said: At 13h35, Friday, 23rd October, the NSRI Durban duty crew activated to assist the Cape Town 12 meter yacht Akela off-shore of the North Breakwater that had engine and rudder failure and no anchor on board and requesting assistance from the Transnet National Ports Authority to be taken into the Port of Durban.
NSRI Durban launched the sea rescue craft Megan II.
On arrival on scene we found that the casualty yacht was at risk of drifting into the shark nets and the NSRI rescue team quickly rigged an emergency tow-line and towed the vessel out to sea and away from any danger and once in safer deep waters the tow-line was checked and secured and the yacht was towed without incident to a mooring in the Port of Durban.
Deon Langenhoven, NSRI Hermanus station commander, said: At 06h35 on Saturday, 24th October, NSRI Hermanus were called to assist at the old harbour where bystanders discovered a seal with fishing gut entangled around its neck and appearing to be in distress.
Using the SA Whale Disentanglement Network (SAWDN) disentanglement equipment, housed at our sea rescue station by SAWDN, we were able to cut the line free and the seal appeared relieved and healthy.
At 14h00, Sunday, 25th October, NSRI Hermanus, while out at sea on the sea rescue craft Hunters Gold Rescuer on a routine exercise, were diverted to respond to investigate reports of a body discovered floating in shallow surf near to the new Harbour.
On arrival on the scene the body of an unidentified adult man was located and recovered from shallow surf and confirmed to be deceased.
The body has been handed into the care of the Forensic Pathology Services and Police have opened an inquest docket and are investigating.
Jerome Simonis, NSRI Knysna station commander, said: At 14h29, Saturday, 24th October, NSRI Knysna duty crew were activated following eye-witness reports of a drowning in progress in the Knysna Lagoon at the Train Bridge.
NSRI Knysna rescue swimmers responded directly to the scene in their private vehicles, the sea rescue craft Jaytee III was launched and responded and the SA Police Services, Forensic Pathology Services, Law Enforcement and Knysna Fire and Rescue Services responded.
On arrival on the scene NSRI rescue swimmers joined Police divers free diving in the lagoon on locations where eye-witnesses reported an adult male fisherman, unidentified, had disappeared under water after falling into the lagoon and appearing to struggle in the water before disappearing under water.
Despite an extensive search no sign of the missing man has been found and Police divers are continuing an ongoing search operation and Police are investigating.
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