On Tuesday the 8th of November at 13h36, NSRI Port Alfred duty crew were activated following reports of a drowning in progress at Mpekweni, Port Alfred.
Prior to NSRI Port Alfred arriving on the scene, the EC Government Health EMS confirmed that they were on the scene with a 14 year old male who was suffering non-fatal drowning symptoms and who was being stabilized by EMS paramedics. They transported the teenager to hospital for further treatment and for observation for secondary drowning symptoms. NSRI were no longer required on the scene.
It is believed that the teenager was caught in rip currents while swimming and swept out to sea but that he was able to get back to the beach without assistance.
On Wednesday the 9th of November at 12h57, NSRI Plettenberg Bay duty crew were activated following eye-witness reports of swimmers in difficulty at Dunes Beach, Plettenberg Bay.
NSRI Plettenberg Bay rescue swimmers responded to the beach and the sea rescue crafts Airlink Rescuer and Ray Farnham were launched.
On arrival on scene, a father and son (ages 48 and 17) from Montague were found safe on the beach. The father was found to be suffering from non-fatal drowning symptoms.
NSRI medics treated him with high dosage oxygen therapy while the son, a known asthma patient, was monitored. They were both transported in stable conditions to a local doctor for further treatment and later released requiring no further assistance.
It appears that while riding the waves on their body borads, the son was swept out to sea by rip currents. His father went after him but appears to have also gotten caught in rip currents.
They both made it back to the beach seperately and without assistance and were suffering from exhaustion and non-fatal drowning symptoms.
The eye-witness who raised the alarm is commended for giving NSRI updated and accurate information while NSRI responded to the scene.
At 20h05 on Wednesday the 9th of November, NSRI Mossel Bay duty crew launched the sea rescue craft Rescue 15 to assist the 39 foot yacht Sabina with 2 male sailors onboard, sailing from Cape Town to Mossel Bay and requiring assistance into the harbour as a result of a fuel shortage.
Rescue 15 met the casualty yacht outside the harbour and they were towed to a safe mooring without incident and no further assistance was required.
KOMMETJIE ROAD – SUN VALLEY:
On Thursday the 10th of November, NSRI Simon’s Town and NSRI Kommetjie duty crews assisted with the flooding of roads and residences on Kommetjie Road, Sun Valley, where a water mains burst caused flooding of the roadway and flooding of some of the residences.
NSRI Simon’s Town and NSRI Kommetjie duty crews used water extrication pumps to assist Cape Town Fire and Rescue Services, the Department of Water and Sanitation, Disaster Management and CMR (Cape Medical Response) who were all on the scene assisting with local residents.
The burst water pipe has been closed. No further assistance was required.
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