SEA RESCUE – NSRI – STATION 8, Hout Bay. STATION 9, Gordons Bay. STATION 26, Kommetjie
Geoff Stephens, NSRI Hout Bay deputy station commander, said:
At 20h37, Saturday, 14th November, NSRI Hout Bay duty crew were activated by the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) following a request for medical assistance from the fishing trawler South West Sea Hawk reporting one of their crewman onboard knocked unconscious by a swinging long line winch while recovering their long lines while fishing 30 nautical miles off Hout Bay.
We launched our sea rescue craft Albie Matthews and Nadine Gordimer accompanied by a Western Cape Government Health EMS rescue paramedic and rendezvoused with the fishing trawler 20 nautical miles off-shore in a 2 meter swell and gusting 20 knot South Westerly winds.
The patient, a 42 year old Delft fisherman, had regained consciousness and he was treated for lacerations to his head. He was transferred aboard our sea rescue craft and brought to our Hout Bay sea rescue base. He has been transported to hospital in a stable condition by EMS ambulance.
Francois Stevens, NSRI Gordons Bay deputy station commander, said:
At 09h15, Sunday, 15th November, NSRI Gordons Bay were activated following reports of red distress flares sighted off Hangklip.
We towed our sea rescue craft Spirit of Surfski and launched at Hangklip while attempting to determine from locals where the flares had been sighted.
Rescue swimmers were also dispatched to scour the shoreline.
During a shoreline search, a rubber-duck was found washed up on the rocks. The 2 crewman, in their early 50’s, one from Goodwood and one from Bothasig, were ashore with their boat and were not injured.
It appears that a rope was entangled in their motor propellor and while trying to remove the rope their anchor line then broke causing the boat, which sustained a cracked hull, to be washed up on the rocks.
Our NSRI crew assisted them to pull the boat above the high water mark and they have made arrangements to recover their boat.
The boat washed ashore after its anchor line broke. Picture NSRI
At 14h25, Sunday, 15th November, NSRI Kommetjie duty crew were activated by the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) following reports of a rubber-duck with 4 people onboard and motor failure half a nautical mile off Kommetjie.
The sea rescue craft Spirit of the Vines was launched and on arrival on scene in 3.5 meter swells a local family of 4 (a mom and dad, their son and an Aunt) were found safe and the two ladies and the son were transferred onto the sea rescue craft. The dad stayed onboard his craft, a tow-line was rigged and the casualty boat was towed safely to the Kommetjie slipway where the boat was recovered and no further assistance was required.
Spirit of the Vines tows the vessel into Kommetjie. Picture Ian Klopper/NSRIThese pictures are available for media download on Sea Rescue's Flickr page.