SUNDAY 6th DECEMBER
A busy weekend experienced with NSRI call-outs continued on Sunday afternoon, 06th December, where NSRI Plettenberg Bay responded to a woman on a jet-ski in difficulty in the Keurbooms River Mouth. A rubber-duck with 2 men and a woman had gone to her assistance with one man jumping into the water to assist the jet-skier while the rubber-duck beached with the remaining 2 people on board.
On NSRI’s arrival the man and woman were rescued on board a sea rescue craft, the jet-ski was recovered, and both people were brought safely to the NSRI base in Plettenberg Bay where they required no further assistance.
NSRI Plettenberg Bay were activated again a few minutes later to respond back to the Keurbooms River Mouth where a family crossing the river had been knocked off their feet by currents and had lost hold of their 5 year old son and 8 year old daughter. The two children were swept away by the currents and were drowning.
A local fisherman had seen the incident unfolding and he raced his small boat over to help them. He recovered the two children from under the water and brought them ashore.
A bystander had raised the alarm and both children were treated by NSRI and paramedics and transported to hospital in serious but stable conditions.
Also on Sunday afternoon NSRI East London and Police K-9 Search and Rescue responded to Eastern Beach where a 24 year old man from Alice had been swept out to sea. Despite an extensive search no sign of the man has been found and Police are continuing to search.
MONDAY 7th DECEMBER
On Monday morning, 07th December, NSRI Agulhas and NSRI Witsand responded 5 nautical miles off Skipskop where a fishing boat had suffered mechanical motor failure.
The boat and her 6 local fishing crew have been towed safely to Agulhas Harbour by the NSRI without incident.