Just after midnight, Friday, 02 September, NSRI Port Elizabeth duty crew launched the sea rescue craft Eikos Rescuer IV to respond to the vessel Tilos, a supply ship at anchorage 6nm from Port Elizabeth Port, following a request for medical assistance from the ship reporting a 42 year old Filipino crewman suffering a hand injury after his left hand was caught in rigging during normal ship working operations.
On arrival on the scene the crewman was found to be in a stable condition having received medical treatment from the ships medics on board. He had sustained 4 fractures to the left hand (2 finger fractures, a palm fracture and a wrist fracture).
The sailor was taken aboard the sea rescue craft and brought into Port where the ship’s agent transported the sailor to hospital. The patient was in a stable condition (walking wounded).
NSRI Hermanus duty crew and the WC Government Health EMS rescue squad were activated to respond to Kleinmond at 13h47, Saturday, 03 September, following a request from the SA Police Services who were searching the shoreline and amongst sand dunes for a local missing man, aged in his 60’s.
The man had reportedly gone for a regular morning walk on the beach with his dog and family grew concerned when he did not return. Family launched a search and found the dog wandering on the beach but no sign of the missing man was found and they raised the alarm.
While NSRI and Metro Rescue were responding towards the scene, Police confirmed that they had found and recovered the man from shallow water in the sea.
Sadly the man was confirmed to be deceased. Police have opened an inquest docket. Condolences have been conveyed to the family.
NSRI Hermanus and NSRI Headquarters attended the Theewater Sports Club (TSC) opening cruise on Saturday, 03 September, where the opening of the Theewater NSRI sea rescue base, Station 38A, was announced.
NSRI Hermanus launched a sea rescue craft onto the dam during the TSC opening cruise.
At around 16h00 a Hobie-Cat sailing craft was found to have capsized on the dam in strong winds with two men onboard and NSRI Hermanus attempted to assist the 2 sailors to right the Hobie-Cat but in strong gusting winds efforts were not successful.
The TSC safety boat approached to assist and an experienced sailor was brought to the scene aboard the TSC safety boat to help in the effort. Efforts to right the craft in deep water remained hampered by the strong winds.
The Hobie-Cat was towed to shore in the capsized position and once closer to shore, in shallow water, the Hobie-Cat was righted and recovered without incident and no further assistance was required.
NSRI Mossel Bay duty crew were alerted at 20h45, Saturday, 03 September, following a request for medical assistance from the Motor Vessel Bulk Carrier Yasa Falcon reporting a 49 year old Turkish crewman onboard suffering partial amputation of his ring finger reportedly sustained onboard during normal ship working operations.
The ships medics had treated the injury and sought additional medical advice from their ships company doctor and the request was made for the patient to be taken to her nearest Port for disembarkation to the nearest appropriate hospital for further treatment.
At 23h00 the sea rescue craft Rescue 15 was launched accompanied by an ER24 rescue paramedic and rendezvoused with Yasa Falcon 4 nautical miles off-shore.
The injured sailor, accompanied by a crew mate, was found to be in a stable condition, (walking wounded), and he was taken aboard the sea rescue craft and brought into Mossel Bay harbour and he has been transported to hospital by an ER24 ambulance for further treatment.
Only the tip of the right ring finger sustained amputation.
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