KOMMETJIE: At 12h22, Thursday, 28th April, NSRI Kommetjie duty crew were activated by the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) following reports of two people being swept out to sea at Witsand near to the Crayfish Factory.
Initial reports suggested that the two people were two children surfers.
NSRI Kommetjie towed the sea rescue craft to the Crayfish Factory to be launched while NSRI rescue swimmers responded directly to the scene and the AMS/EMS Skymed rescue helicopter was activated.
NSRI coxswain Rob Caine arrived on the scene and found one person, believed to be a local male, aged 15, safely ashore and Rob launched his surfboard into rough seas to chase after an adult man seen to be in difficulty and holding onto a body board and being swept out to sea by rip currents in heavy rough sea conditions.
Rob, who is also a big wave surfer, reached the man, who is believed aged in his 30’s and from France, approximately 300 meters off-shore in rough sea conditions and strong rip currents.
Rob was able to bring the man safely to shore through the surf. Despite both being exhausted neither the teenager nor the adult male were injured. It appears that the teenager had gotten into difficulty while surfing and his uncle, using a body board, had attempted to go to his nephew’s assistance but he had then gotten into difficulty himself in the very rough sea conditions.
Rob is commended for his efforts today.