ST FRANCIS BAY:
At 20h30, on Friday, 16th October, NSRI St Francis Bay duty crew launched the sea rescue craft Spirit of St francis II following a request for medical assistance from the Chokka fishing boat Jolene reporting a crewman onboard collapsed, unconscious and suffering seizures, off Oyster Bay. The vessel was making best speed towards Port St Francis.
We rendezvoused with the vessel South West of the Cape St Francis lighthouse and the patient was brought aboard our sea rescue craft and in the care of our NSRI medics and was taken to the Port of St Francis, lapsing in and out of consciousness from post seizure symptoms He was handed into the care of Private Care ambulance services paramedics and he has been transported to hospital in a stable but serious condition by Private Care ambulance for further treatment for known epilepsy.
At 10h54, Saturday, 17th October, NSRI Table Bay duty crew, accompanied by a WC Government Health EMS rescue paramedic, responded aboard our sea rescue craft Spirit of Vodacom and Rotary Endeavour following a request for medical assistance from the bulk carrier Clia, off Green Point, reporting a crewman onboard to be ill.
NSRI Bakoven launched the sea rescue craft Rotarian Schipper and on arrival on the scene, 7 nautical miles off Green Point, NSRI medics were put aboard the vessel and found the patient, a 36 year old Filipino seaman, to be suffering severe abdominal pains and dehydration and the ships medical crew had made their ill crewman ready for transportation to hospital.
On the arrival of the NSRI Table Bay sea rescue craft the patient was secured into a Stokes basket stretcher and brought down the gang plank and brought aboard the sea rescue craft Spirit of Vodacom and the EMS paramedic medically treated the patient en-route to our sea rescue station and the patient has been transported to hospital in a stable condition by EMS ambulance.
At 10h36, Sunday, 18th October, NSRI Hermanus duty crew were activated following a plea for help from a mother reporting her two children, girls aged 15 and 17, that were on a double sea-kayak and appeared to be caught in currents on the Klein River Lagoon, Hermanus, and appearing to being swept towards the Lagoon Mouth.
The family are on a weekend holiday from Rondebosch, Cape Town.
NSRI Hermanus duty crew responded towing the sea rescue craft Hunters Gold Rescuer but prior to arriving on the scene it was confirmed that both girls had reached land and they were safe and not injured and no further assistance was required.
At 11h27, Sunday, 18th October, NSRI Kommetjie off-duty volunteer crew, driving on Kommetjie Road, Kommetjie, noticed a bush fire appearing to have been recently started from unknown causes and burning towards a residential area.
While activating Cape Town Fire and Rescue Services the NSRI volunteers, NSRI Kommetjie station commander Ian Klopper, NSRI crew Kelly-Anne Irving, and Ian’s son and daughter Adam and Emma Klopper, commandeered a residents garden hose and tree branches and they were able to bring the blaze under control.
On their arrival on the scene firemen doused the remaining embers and the area was deemed safe.
At 14h30, Sunday, 18th October, NSRI Vaal Dam, the SA Police Services, a Police dive Unit and Sasolburg Traffic Department were activated following reports of a child drowning in a Quarry between Deneysville and Oranjeville.
On arrival on-scene a search commenced for a local 12 year old male that disappeared under water while swimming with friends in the Quarry.
At this stage no sign of the child has been found and Police have opened an investigation and a search is continuing.
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