Geoff McGregor, NSRI East London station commander, said:
At 09h31 on Saturday the 30th of January, NSRI East London were alerted by fishermen at Hole in the Wall, Transkei, reporting a 40 year old Durban fisherman, taking part in a fishing competition, swept out to sea by rip currents after being engulfed by waves while landing his catch in shallow surf while angling.
Fellow anglers were attempting to rescue the man by throwing rope towards him but he was swept out to sea.
An EC Government Health EMS rescue helicopter, the SA Police Services and a Police K-9 Search and Rescue team were activated.
On arrival on the scene a search commenced for the angler missing in the surf and during the search operation the body of the man was located and recovered from the water and brought to shore where paramedics declared him deceased.
His body has been handed into the care of the Forensic Pathology Services and Police have opened an inquest docket.
Sincerest condolences have been expressed to family, friends and fellow anglers from all of the services deployed in this operation.
Deon Truter, NSRI Plettenberg Bay station commander, said:
At 12h00 on Saturday the 30th January, NSRI Plettenberg Bay duty crew dispatched our sea rescue craft the Discovery Rescue Runner, Ray Farnham Rescuer, and our sea rescue vehicle and an ambulance service responded to the Keurbooms Lagoon following reports of a drowning in progress.
A 72 year old Frenchman, who now lives in Plettenberg Bay, was reported to be in difficulty in the lagoon.
A wife and her two boys, aged 20 and 17, family of an NSRI Plettenberg Bay crew member and the daughter of the casualty and her husband, ran into the water to assist and together they were able to rescue the man from the water and found him to not be breathing.
They initiated rescue breathing and chest compressions and he regained spontaneous breathing.
On our arrival on the scene we continued to provide medical care, together with our NSRI doctor, who had also responded. He was transported to hospital by ambulance in a stable condition.
All who assisted him, his family members and the family members of our NSRI crewman, are commended for their quick reaction.
HIBBERDENE, KZN SOUTH COAST:
Jeremiah Jackson, NSRI Shely Beach station commander, said:
At 11h30 on Saturday the 30th January, NSRI Shelly Beach duty crew dispatched our sea rescue vehicle to Hibberdene following reports of a drowning in progress.
A man believed to be aged in his late teens, a local, was reportedly swept out to sea by rip currents while swimming.
The SA Police Services, A Police Search and Rescue team and Ambulance Services responded.
A Police helicopter joined in the search.
On arrival on scene an extensive air, sea and shore search commenced for the missing teenager but despite the extensive search no sign of the teenager has been found and a Police Search and Rescue team will continue an ongoing search operation.
Police have opened an investigation.
Hennie Niehaus, NSRI Wilderness station commander, said:
At 18h00 on Saturday the 30th January, NSRI Wilderness duty crew, the SA Police Services, a Police Dive Unit, WC Government Health EMS and Sedgefield Fire and Rescue Services responded to Swartvlei, a lagoon in Sedgefield, following reports of a local man, believed to be aged in his early 20’s, disappeared under water in the lagoon while swimming.
On arrival on scene we launched our sea rescue craft Die Swart Tobie and NSRI rescue swimmers and Police divers free dived. During the free dive search the body of the man was located and recovered and brought to shore where paramedics declared him deceased.
Hi body was handed into the care of the Forensic Pathology Services and Police have opened an inquest docket.
Sincerest Condolences are expressed to family of the deceased man by all services involved in the operation.