SEA RESCUE – National – Sunday, 20th December. Incidents:
NSRI are urging extreme public caution to bathers and anglers around the coast.
The full moon Spring Tide will peak on Christmas Day and between now and Christmas Day high tide will gradually get higher each day and low tide will gradually get lower each day, building up to a peak on Christmas Day. These higher than normal high tides and the lower than normal low tides will last for at least the next ten days.
Stronger than normal rip currents will be experienced around the coastline during this period.
On Thursday, 17th December, NSRI Shelly Beach duty crew launched the sea rescue craft Spirit of Dawn and took 7 crew off the boat Albatross, suffering mechanical motor failure, before assisting to tow the casualty boat to shore without incident.
On Saturday, 19th December, NSRI Shelly Beach launched the sea rescue craft Spirit of Dawn to assist a boat at sea reporting three crew members to be suffering acute sea sickness.
Two adult females and a child were removed from the boat and they were brought to shore without incident.
MOSSEL BAY AND STILL BAY:
At 18h55, Saturday, 19th December, NSRI Still Bay and NSRI Mossel Bay duty crew were activated following a request for assistance from the yacht Tatiana, with two men onboard, both from Mossel Bay, reporting rudder failure to their yacht and unable to steer, heading towards Mossel Bay.
NSRI Still Bay launched the sea rescue craft Spirit of St Francis and took the yacht under tow in 25 knot Southerly winds and choppy confused sea state and towed the yacht to the shelter of Still Bay.
NSRI Mossel Bay launched the sea rescue craft Rescue 15 and arrived on the scene at midnight, taking over the tow from NSRI Still Bay and towing the yacht to Mossel Bay, arriving without incident at around 11h00 on Sunday, 20th December.
Once safely berthed no further assistance was required and the owner will repair the damaged rudder.
At 11h20, Saturday, 19th December, NSRI Agulhas duty crew launched the sea rescue craft I&J Rescuer IV and Rescue 30 to assist a Hobie Cat with two young adult males onboard shooting red distress flares from about 2 nautical miles off-shore of Struisbaai.
On arrival on the scene it was found that the Hobie Cat had taken water and tipped over and the two young men were unable to right their craft and used red distress flares to raise the alarm.
Both local men were rescued from the water onto the sea rescue craft and their Hobie Cat was righted and towed ashore without incident and they required no further assistance.
At 11h20, Saturday, 19th December, NSRI Hermanus and NSRI Gordons Bay duty crews were activated following a request for assistance from a Dive Boat reporting a diver missing, 1 nautical mile off Stoney Point, Betty’s Bay.
The dive master reported their diver missing for an hour and a search had failed to locate him.
NSRI Hermanus, NSRI Gordons Bay, a Police Dive Unit, WC Government Health EMS rescue divers and an ambulance, a Cape Town Fire and Rescue Services rescue dive team responded and the EMS/AMS Skymed rescue helicopter was placed on alert.
While responding to the scene the dive boat reported finding the diver adrift and it appears that the dive boat crew had lost sight of his dive safety buoy and finding the diver later they reported that he was not injured and no further assistance was required.
On Saturday, 19th December, at around 17h30, NSRI Melkbosstrand, NSRI Table Bay and the EMS/AMS Skymed rescue helicopter were placed on alert following eye-witness reports of two windsurfers appearing to be too far out to sea and possibly in difficulty off-shore of the Milnerton Golf Course.
A WC Government Health EMS rescue squad, the SA Police Services, ER24 ambulance services, Community Medics, Law Enforcement and an NSRI Melkbosstrand mobile unit had responded to the scene at Milnerton Lighthouse to investigate and it appeared that the two windsurfers were simply wind surfing but later it appeared that they were lying down on their boards and possibly being swept out to sea. Metro Control activated the Skymed rescue helicopter while the NSRI Table Bay sea rescue crafts Spirit of Vodacom and Rotary Endeavour launched.
An extensive air, sea and shore search that lasted well into the night revealed no sign of the two wind surfers but during the search two wind surfers fitting the description were found wind surfing off Big Bay Bloubergstrand but they denied being off-shore of Milnerton earlier.
With no reports of anyone overdue or missing we suspect that the two windsurfers got to shore without incident.