At 16h47 on Sunday the 4th of December, NSRI Hermanus duty crew were activated following reports of three young males being swept out to sea by rip-currents at Langbaai, Voelklip.
The sea rescue craft Jaytee III was launched and NSRI Hermanus dispatched a sea rescue vehicle.
While responding to the scene, See en Sand lifeguards confirmed that two of the young men had managed to get out of the water without assistance and one young man was rescued from the water by lifeguards.
No one was injured and NSRI stood down.
According to See en Sand lifeguards, the three males had jumped off rocks into the sea when they were caught in rip currents.
Then at 17h07 NSRI Hermanus duty crew responded back to the same vicinity, to Kammabaai, where eye-witnesses suspected a young lady swept out to sea on a surfboard.
The eye-witness raised the alarm after seeing the young lady racing past him while he sunbathed on rocks and it appeared that the surfer was caught in rip currents before he lost sight of her from behind rocks.
On NSRI’s arrival on the scene an extensive search was carried out but no sign of the surfer could be found and we suspect that she had gone around the rocks on her surfboard and most likely exited the water out of sight of the eye-witness.
By Monday there were no reports of anyone missing or overdue that could relate to this incident and we believe this was a false alarm with good intentions.
At 08h23 on Monday the 5th of December, NSRI Plettenberg Bay duty crew launched the sea rescue craft Airlink Rescuer fiollowing reports of a man injured aboard a fishing Catamaran craft off of the Keurbooms Lagoon.
The craft, with a father and son onboard, had exited the Lagoon mouth into the sea where it appears that a wave had caused the boat to land down hard on the water causing the father to be thrown forward into the center consol and then thrown into the back of the boat suffering injuries to his head, a suspected dislocated shoulder and lower back injuries.
On arrival on the scene we trasferred NSRI medics onto the craft and medical treatment commenced on the 72 year old man who was secured with cervical spinal immobilisation where he lay to avoid the potential risks of moving him.
While medical treatment continued on the injured man on the casualty boat Airlink Rescuer returned to our sea rescue base to collect additional sea rescue crew who were ferried to the casualty boat and put onboard to assist in stabilising the patient and to assist his 46 year old son to bring the casualty boat safely to beaching at our sea rescue base.
The injured patient was secured into a Stokes basket stretcher and was trasferred over to a Med-Life ambulance and transported to hospital in a serious but stable condition.
At 09h05 on Monday the 5th of December, NSRI Stillbaai duty crew were activated following reports from a Riversdale farmer, on an annual holiday in Stillbaai, reporting his farm manager overdue from an angling trip.
The farmer reported that each year he brings his farm manager Joel Pieterse on vacation with the family and Joel really enjoys to go fishing, his favourite leisure activity, with other farm workers from the area. He had left at 2pm the day before but still hadn’t returned by this morning although his dog had come home during the night. The farmer had gone to look for Joel at his usual fishing spot but not able to find him he raised the alarm.
NSRI Stillbaai dispatched a search party and shortly into a search Joel was found about a kilometer from his usual fishing spot and he was still fishing with no intention to come home so much he was enjoying the fishing.
The farmer was informed and happy to know that Joel is safe and Joel will continue fishing and come home later.
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