STATION 5, Durban. STATION 17, Hermanus. STATION 19, Richards Bay. STATION 21, St Francis Bay. STATION 16, Strandfontein. STATION 10, Simonstown. STATION 9 Gordons Bay
SEA RESCUE – National – Wednesday, 16th December. Incidents:
At 06h30, Monday, 14th December, NSRI Durban duty crew launched the sea rescue craft Megan II to assist a 62 year old local man on a rubber-duck suffering motor failure and drifting North of the South Port Breakwater.
On arrival on the scene a tow-line was rigged and the man and his boat were towed safely into Port without incident and no further assistance was required.
On Monday, 14th December, at 16h10, NSRI Hermanus duty crew responded to the Beach Club following reports of a drowning in progress.
On arrival on the scene Police were in attendance and they reported that the child had reportedly been swept off rocks but he had managed to get out of the water unassisted and had run off, believed to have gone home, and no further assistance was required.
At 11h17, Tuesday, 15th December, NSRI Richards Bay duty crew responded aboard the sea rescue craft Spirit of Richards Bay to assist a German yacht Yapluka with no motor power 14 nautical miles off-shore of Richards Bay. The yacht was towed to Port by NSRI without incident.
ST FRANCIS BAY:
On Tuesday, 15th December, at 10h05, NSRI St Francis Bay duty crew responded aboard the sea rescue craft Spirit of St Francis II to patient evacuate a 36 year old fisherman off the Chokka Fishing Boat Jack Robyn suffering a suspected heart attack.
The Humansdorp fisherman was brought to the Port of St Francis aboard the sea rescue craft in a stable condition and Private Care ambulance transported him to hospital in Humansdorp.
At 20h36, Tuesday, 15th December, NSRI Strandfontein launched the sea rescue craft Spirit of Grand West CSI following reports that a boat may be in distress between Seal Island the Strandfontein Pavilion.
Shortly into a search a white illuminating flare was spotted coming from the direction of Kapteinsklip.
Despite a search no sign of any persons or boats in difficulty could be found and NSRI Gordons Bay and NSRI Simonstown launched sea rescue craft to join in the search but despite an extensive search until after midnight no persons or boats in difficulties could be found and it remains unknown why a flare was deployed at sea and there remains no report of any persons or boats overdue or missing.
The vollunteer crew of Sea Rescue's station 16 at Strandfontein put their new 5,5 meter Rigid Inflatable Boat ( RIB) through its paces before the official launch and naming ( Spirit of Grand West CSI) on Saturday. Andrew Ingram