At 17h00 on Sunday the 10th of April, NSRI Vaal Dam duty crew were activated following reports of a 32 year old male from Meyerton missing after disappearing under water at North Bay on the Vaal Dam (furthest point North of the Vaal Dam).
It appears that the man was a few hundred meters from the dam bank on a canoe, and not wearing a life jacket, when the canoe capsized and the man swam towards shore before disappearing under water.
NSRI Vaal Dam dispatched a rescue vehicle and the rescue craft Harvey’s Fibreglass and the SA Police Services and a Police Dive Unit responded.
Despite an extensive search no sign of the man was found and a Police Dive Unit are continuing an ongoing search today.
Family of the missing man are being supported by the Police.
At 18h06 on Sunday the 10th of April, NSRI Simon’s Town duty crew responded aboard the sea rescue craft Spirit of Safmarine III to assist the boat Red Head reporting gear box problems.
The 2 male crew onboard, from Sea Point, suspect that someone may have tried to loosen bolts on the motors gear box (they suspect the possibility that someone may have tried to steal the boats motors the night before).
While heading home from a days fishing off Cape Point the gear box on one motor fell off due to missing bolts and the second motors gear box came loose from loose bolts on the second motor of their 6 meter motor boat.
The boat White Pointer came to their assistance and stood by at their side until NSRI Simon’s Town arrived on the scene 9 nautical miles off-shore of Cape Point.
NSRI Simon’s Town towed the casualty boat to Millers Point and they were able to idle their boat to the slip way on the one motor and their boat was safely recovered without incident.
The crew on the boat White Pointer were thanked for their assistance.
At 02h30 on Monday the of 11th April, NSRI East London duty crew towed the sea rescue craft Spirit of Rotary II to the Hamburg River and launched from the river slip way to go half a mile up river to assist a 45 year old male and a 28 year old female, both from East London, on a river boat that suffered battery and motor failure.
They had put to anchor on the river to prevent them from being washed down stream in an outgoing tide.
NSRI East London found them both safe and a tow line was rigged and they were towed downstream to a river mooring without incident, arriving at day-break, and they required no further assistance.
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