Reinard Geldenhuys, NSRI Agulhas station commander, said:
At 12h45, Friday, 14th October, NSRI Agulhas duty crew launched the sea rescue craft Spirit of Agulhas, accompanied by two WC Government Health EMS rescue paramedics, to rendezvous with the 30 meter fishing vessel Leeukop, 15 nautical miles East of Struisbaai, to patient evacuate a crewman aged 46 suffering 2nd degree burns to his back and neck.
On arrival on the scene the patient was found to be in a stable condition, walking wounded, and he was taken aboard the sea rescue craft and brought to Struisbaai harbour and he has been transported to hospital by EMS ambulance for further treatment.
Marc Rodgers, NSRI Plettenberg Bay station commander, said:
At 07h54, Saturday, 15th October, NSRI Plettenberg Bay duty crew launched the sea rescue craft Rescue Farnham following eye-witness reports of a boat floating capsized between The Blinders and the Beacon Island Hotel.
The eye-witness, Marius Venter, a resident in his home on the hill above our sea rescue base, who has recently moved to the area and while watching the sea he noticed the upturned boat floating off-shore of the Beacon Island Hotel and he raised the alarm.
On arrival on-scene a small unmanned open boat was found and an NSRI crewman recognised the boat as the same boat that was lying on a sand bank 4km upstream on the shore of the Keurbooms River the night before.
We believe the boat was swept out to sea unmanned during the night at high tide.
We towed the boat to shore and commended the new resident for his vigilance.
Ian Gray, NSRI Port Elizabeth station commander, said:
At 08h54, Saturday, 15th October, NSRI Port Elizabeth duty crew activated following reports of a paddler suspected to be in difficulty off-shore of Hobie Beach.
The Beach Managers Office launched a jet-ski and recovered the man from the water and the man required no medical assistance.
The man’s paddle board has not been recovered.
Stephen van den Berg, NSRI Port Elizabeth duty coxswain said:
At 16h50, Saturday, 15th October, NSRI Port Elizabeth duty crew were activated following reports from a local man reporting to be stuck on a sand bank cut off by the high tide while fishing on a bank 500 meters downstream from the Rod Club on the Swartkops River with a total of 3 adults and 1 child and requesting assistance.
Blue Water Bay surf lifesavers launched a rescue rubber-duck and NSRI Port Elizabeth launched the sea rescue craft Surfski Rescuer IV.
Blue Water Bay community police and EC Government Health EMS also responded.
3 adults and 1 child, all local males, were rescued and brought safely to shore aboard the NSRI sea rescue craft.
They were treated for mild hypothermia and one of the men was treated for a laceration to his right foot by EMS paramedics and they require no further assistance.
While on the scene the Bluewater Bay lifeguards moved an additional two fisherman to a safe area as a precaution as the area they were fishing in was also cut off by the high tide.
Geoff McGregor, NSRI East London station commander, said:
At 10h15, Saturday, 15th October, NSRI East London, EC Government Health EMS, the EMS rescue helicopter and the SA Police Services were activated to respond to Morgan Bay following reports of a fisherman’s gear and personal effects found on the shoreline and a male fisherman suspected to be missing.
A fixed wing aircraft, flying in the area at the time, joined in the search when a body was located off-shore of Morgan Bay by crew aboard the fixed wing aircraft.
An NSRI rescue swimmer (who is also an EMS rescue paramedic) was deployed into the surf from the EMS helicopter and the body of a 30 year old East London man was recovered to the beach by the rescue swimmer and confirmed to be deceased.
It is believed that the fisherman was swept off rocks by a wave while fishing.
Sincerest Condolences are conveyed to the family of the deceased man.
Police have opened an inquest docket and the body of the man has been handed into the care of the Forensic Pathology Services.
Stuart Buchanan, NSRI Simon’s Town Deputy Station Commander, said:
At 14h55, Saturday, 15th October, NSRI Simon’s Town duty crew activated following reports of red distress flares being fired from people in the water at a capsized Hobie-Cat 1 nautical mile off-shore of Fish Hoek Beach.
A Fish Hoek Surf Lifesaving rescue rubber-duck launched at Fish Hoek Beach to go to their assistance.
The Hobie-Cat was righted on the scene by Fish Hoek SLC lifeguards and both persons on-board were safe and brought safely to shore and they required no further assistance.
While on the scene at Fish Hoek Beach another Hobie-Cat suffered a broken mast and they were towed to shore by the rubber-duck that tends to shark prevention equipment at Fish Hoek and they were all safe and required no further assistance.
A Spring Tide peaks on the Full Moon on Sunday 16th of October and the effects of this Spring Tide on the coastline will last for the next few days.
Spring Tide happens twice every month, at Full Moon and at New Moon, and lasts for a few days over each full moon and each new moon and peaking on the day of the full moon and the new moon.
Spring Tides bring a higher than normal high tide and a lower than normal low tide and stronger than normal rip currents.
The public, anglers, bathers, beach strollers, boaters and paddlers are advised to exercise caution around the coastline during this Spring Tide and to be aware of rough sea conditions and the Spring Tide phenomenon and its affect on the coastline.
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