Darren Zimmerman, NSRI Simonstown station commander, said: At 20h00, Friday, 23rd December, NSRI Simonstown duty crew, CMR (Cape Medical Response), Cape Town Fire and Rescue Services and the SA Police Services, responded to Kalk Bay harbour following reports of a drowning in progress in the harbour.
It appears that a fisherman, aged in his 40’s, believed to be living and working on the fishing vessel Dicky Rose, is suspected of falling into the harbour from the fishing boat at her moorings in Kalk Bay harbour.
The body of the man was found floating face down in the water by crew of the fishing vessel The Taj Mahal and they had recovered the body from the water while raising the alarm.
On arrival on the scene paramedics commenced CPR (Cardio Pulmonary resuscitation efforts) but after all CPR efforts were exhausted sadly the man was declared deceased by paramedics.
The body of the man has been taken into the care of the Forensic Pathology Services and Police have opened an inquest docket. Our condolences to the family.
John Nicholas, NSRI Port Edward station commander, said: At 18h30, Friday, 23rd December, NSRI Port Edward duty crew and Police Search and Rescue responded to under the R61 bridge of the Umtamvuna River, Port Edward, following reports of a boating accident.
On arrival on the scene we found that two Durban men that were on a 5.5 meter rigid inflatable boat had been thrown out the boat and reportedly not wearing a kill switch the boat had continued to motor around in circles and out of control unmanned on the river.
The two men had been rescued onto a ski-boat from The Pont that had launched to assist them and they were not injured.
The two men confirmed that only their dog Stella remained on the boat and they feared for their dogs safety. Stella could be seen lying down in the front of the boat, in front of the centre consol, while the boat continued to motor in circles out of control.
NSRI rescuers and the manager of The Pont Holiday and Watersport Resort, Mike Davison, using 2 of The Pont’s ski-boats attempted to corral the boat. First by trying to get a rescuer onboard the boat to kill the motor but when that failed ropes were trailed in the water fowling the casualty boats motor propellors and finally stopping the motors rotation and an NSRI rescuer was able to board the boat to kill the motors.
Stella was rescued and reunited with her owners and the casualty boat was brought ashore. Police are investigating the incident.
Mike Davison, of The Pont, is commended for his invaluable assistance during the operation.
Picture: John Nicholas, NSRI Port Edward Station Commander with Stella following the rescue.
Jerome Simonis, NSRI Knysna station commander, said: At 15h17, Friday, 23rd December, NSRI Knysna duty crew were activated following a request for assistance from the family of a 71 year old man from Scotland, on a coastal walk at the Pezula Estate, Knysna, and asking if NSRI will assist the man who had grown tired on the walk and facing a steep walk back to their vehicle.
We dispatched our sea rescue craft Jaytee IV and Jolen and on arrival on the scene a sea rescue craft beached.
We walked the man down to the beach and he was taken aboard our sea rescue craft and brought to the Knysna Marina onboard our sea rescue craft and no further assistance was required.
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