On Sunday, 11th December, at 14h30, NSRI Wilderness duty crew launched the Sea Rescue craft Swart Tobie onto the Sedgefield Lagoon following reports of a 40 year old local man missing in the lagoon. It appears that, while braaing with family at the lagoon, the man had gone swimming but had disappeared under water.
NSRI Wilderness, a Police dive unit, the SA Police Services, Neighbourhood Watch and ER24 ambulance services searched for the man which included a free dive search by NSRI rescue swimmers and a dive search by Police divers.
Police divers located and recovered the body of the man who was sadly declared deceased by paramedics.
The body of the man was taken into the care of the Forensic Pathology Services and Police have opened an inquest docket.
At 07h32, Tuesday, 13th December, NSRI Plettenberg Bay duty crew attended at Central Beach where a group of men appear to have accidently driven their vehicle into the sea. A tractor was used to remove the vehicle from the surf and no one was injured.
At approximately 21h30, Monday, 12th December, NSRI Port Elizabeth were requested by Air Traffic Control to investigate the sighting of an unidentified flying object.
A Boeing 737 cargo aircraft Captain and Co-Pilot, flying from Cape Town International Airport to Port Elizabeth International Airport, reported seeing what appeared to be a green object increasing in altitude past the cockpit of their aeroplane reaching to about a thousand feet into clouds above them and then returning towards earth at high speed past the cockpit of the aeroplane.
The sighting was reported to Air Traffic Control at Port Elizabeth International Airport who requested NSRI’s assistance to investigate the possibility that an aircraft or craft may be in difficulty.
NSRI Jeffreys Bay were alerted and although the matter was monitored throughout the night the green object has not been seen since and there are no reports of anyone, or craft or aircraft overdue or missing.
The incident occured approximately 10 nautical miles off-shore of Jeffreys Bay and 3 000 feet in the sky (1 000 meters) – at first thinking this to perhaps be a 1 000 foot green parachute flare but that was discounted as a 1 000 foot parachute flare (or 300 meters) cannot reach that height.
No further reports of sightings have been received and the incident remains a mystery.
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