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NSRI are urging bathers around the coast to exercise safety and beware of strong rip currents. BANTRY BAY:Bruce Davidson, NSRI Bakoven station commander, said: At 20h16, Saturday, 31st December, NSRI Bakoven and NSRI Table Bay duty crews dispatched sea rescue craft to off-shore of Bantry Bay where eye-witnesses suspected seeing a paraglider land in the water 200 meters off-shore. Cape Town Fire and Rescue Services responded to assist.An extensive search revealed no sign of anyone in any difficulties and paragliding clubs reported none of their paragliders overdue or missing and we are confident that this was a false alarm with good intentions.MELKBOSSTRAND:Rhine Barnes, NSRI Melkbosstrand station commander, said: At 11h55, Sunday, 01 January, NSRI Melkbosstrand medics assisted at a restaurant in Melkbosstrand where a man, 36, was bitten on the face by another man. The patient was stabilised and handed into the care of WC Government Health EMS ambulance and transported to hospital in a stable condition.Then at 14h54, NSRI Melkbosstrand medics treated a man suffering a hand laceration sustained while in the water swimming. The patient was stabilised and handed into the care of WC Government Health EMS ambulance and transported to hospital in a stable condition.PORT ALFRED:Juan Pretorius, NSRI Port Alfred station commander, said: At 17h27, Saturday, 31st December, NSRI Port Alfred were alerted to two common dolphins that had swum upstream of the Bushmans River raising concerns by members of the public to the wellbeing of the animals.Bayworld was alerted and they advised that the two dolphins should be left alone and we suspect that both dolphins returned to sea during the night.At 10h41, Sunday, 01 January, NSRI Port Alfred duty crew dispatched the sea rescue craft Rescue 11 Alpha following reports of a drowning in progress at West Beach.An Environmental Patrol boat, in the area at the time, rescued two men from the water 100 meters off-shore of West Beach and we rendezvoused with them as they were bringing the two patients, both aged in their 20’s, into the harbour and we were met in the harbour by the SA Police Services, Holistic ambulance services, Guardmed ambulance services and Ndlambe Traffic Services. One male was declared deceased and the second male was treated for non-fatal drowning symptoms and he has been transported to hospital by ambulance in a stable condition. The body of the deceased man has been taken into the care of the Forensic Pathology Services and Police have opened an inquest docket.At 12h30, Sunday, 01 January, NSRI Port Alfred duty crew dispatched a sea rescue vehicle and the sea rescue craft Rescue 11 Alpha to Kasouga Beach, West of Port Alfred, following reports of a drowning in progress.On arrival on the scene we found a 65 year old male, from Motherwell, who had been rescued by bystanders from rip currents and a United Kingdom doctor, Dr. Tim Sephter, on holiday from the U.K. Had initiated Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) efforts and joined by paramedics from Holistic ambulance services after all efforts to resuscitate the man were exhausted he was declared deceased on the scene. The body of the deceased man has been taken into the care of the Forensic Pathology Services and Police have opened an inquest docket.Then at 18h03, Sunday, 01 January, we responded to East Beach following reports of 2 men on a jet-ski who had found the body of an adult man floating face down in the surf. They had brought the man ashore and had initiated Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) efforts and joined by our NSRI medics and then by paramedics from Holistic ambulance services and after all efforts to resuscitate the man were exhausted he was declared deceased on the scene. The body of the deceased man has been taken into the care of the Forensic Pathology Services and Police have opened an inquest docket.JEFFREYS BAY:img-20170101-wa0011Ernie Schmidt, NSRI Jeffreys Bay deputy station commander, said: At 10h19, Sunday, 01 January, NSRI Jeffreys Bay duty crew dispatched a sea rescue vehicle and rescue swimmers to Kabeljous Lagoon Beach following reports of a drowning in progress. An EC Government Health EMS ambulance and an EMS rescue helicopter and the SA Police Services responded.On arrival on the scene we found a doctor and a nurse, who happened to be on the beach at the time, conducting Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) efforts on a 54 year old man from Port Elizabeth. An EMS doctor from the EMS helicopter assisted with CPR but after all efforts to resuscitate the man were exhausted he was declared deceased on the scene. The body of the deceased man has been taken into the care of the Forensic Pathology Services and Police have opened an inquest docket.An additional 3 patients, an adult man and a 15 and 16 year old boy, were treated for non-fatal drowning symptoms and transported to hospital by ambulance in stable conditions.It appears that a family including the deceased 54 year old man, his brother in law and two nephews were swept out to sea by rip currents.A British couple, on holiday, Carl Grey and his wife Magdelaine, assisted to rescue them from the surf and while assisting they were assisted by Kouga lifeguards who had responded to assist. The British couple, Carl and Magdelaine Grey and the unidentified doctor and Nurse are commended for their actions.Rieghard Janse van Rensburg, NSRI Jeffreys Bay station commander, said: At 16h35, Sunday, 01 January, we noticed Kouga lifeguards appearing to be rescuing a group of people at Pellsrus beach next to our sea rescue station.We responded to assist and found that a 27 year old man from Uitenhage was rescued by lifeguards and by members of the public who assisted and he was transported to hospital by Private Care ambulance in a stable condition after we assisted to transport him from the beach to the roadway by our NSRI Quad Bike.At 16h45, Sunday, 01 January, we were activated following reports of a non-fatal drowning at Kitchens Window where a 38 year old male from Uitenhage was rescued from the surf by lifeguards and members of the public.EC Government Health EMS and Private Care ambulance services joined NSRI and lifeguards on the beach and he was transported to hospital by Private Care ambulance in a stable condition after we assisted to transport him from the beach to the roadway by our NSRI Quad Bike.Then at 17h18, Sunday, 01 January, Kouga Lifeguards requested NSRI Jeffreys Bay assistance where a adult man collapsed unconscious at Kitchens Window car park.It is suspected that he suffered a heart attack. The SA Police Services, EC Government Health EMS joined NSRI on the scene but the man was declared deceased and a funeral service have taken the body of the deceased man into their care.Then at 17h40, Sunday, 01 January, a 13 year old boy arrived at our sea rescue station suffering a severe laceration to his left foot. Our NSRI medics treated the laceration and a WC Government Health EMS ambulance transported the teenager to hospital for sutures. We also dealt with 6 cases of lost children on the beach today. FIve were reunited with family and one was taken into the care of the SA Police Services and handed into the care of child care.FALSE BAY:Vaughn Seconds, NSRI Strandfontein station commander, said: During the morning of Sunday, 01 January, NSRI Strandfontein duty crew responded to the Sandvlei Estuary Canal by the Law Enforcement offices in Muizenberg following reports of Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) efforts initiated on an adult man, aged 32, following a drowning accident.WC Government Health EMS assisted by NSRI medics and Law Enforcement officers conducted extensive CPR efforts and after all efforts to resuscitate the man were exhausted he was declared deceased on the scene. The body of the deceased man has been taken into the care of the Forensic Pathology Services and Police have opened an inquest docket.Then at Sunrise Beach lifeguards rescued 1 male and 1 female from the water and both were treated by WC Government Health EMS for non-fatal drowning symptoms and the female was transported to hospital by EMS ambulance for observation for secondary drowning and the man left by private vehicle with the advice to see a doctor. In the afternoon we attended to a case of a non-fatal drowning accident at Monwabisi Beach where two women were assisted out of the water by lifeguards and after being assisted by lifeguards and Law Enforcement officers they required no further assistance.Then a 4 year old boy was assisted at Macassar following a non-fatal drowning accident after lifeguards rescued him from the surf and lifeguards and NSRI medics treated the child on the beach before he was handed into the care of WC Government Health EMS and he has been transported to hospital by EMS ambulance in a stable condition.TABLE BAY:Quentin Botha, NSRI Table Bay station commander, said: At 14h15, Sunday, 01 January, NSRI Table Bay, while on stand-by on the water for the start of the Cape to Rio, were diverted to assist the 70 foot Cruise Motor Vessel Blue Magic, with 18 crew onboard, and suffering motor mechanical problems half a nautical mile North East of the Table Bay Port breakwater.Gemini I, a private boat skippered by NSRI’s Honorary Life Governor, Howard Godfrey, took up a tow-line to begin a gradual tow towards Port and on the sea rescue craft Spirit of Vodacom arriving on the scene the tow-line was transferred to Spirit of Vodacom and the casualty vessel was towed safely to Port where once safely berthed they required no further assistance.The operation was completed at 15h15.img-20170101-wa0015 SANDY BAY:Bruce Davidson, NSRI Bakoven station commander, said: At 16h15, Sunday, 01 January, NSRI Bakoven duty crew diverted the sea rescue craft Rotarian Schipper, from a routine patrol at Camps Bay, to respond to the Karbonkelberg hiking trail above Sandy Bay where a group of hikers reported one of the hikers injured and unable to carry on with the hike.The sea rescue craft located the hikers on the hiking trail in the vicinity of the Boss 400 crane wreck in Maori Bay and NSRI rescuers were sent ashore where they found three men and a woman (a 51 year old South African man and the remaining three, 2 men aged 34 and 35 and a woman aged 32, all from the United States of America)The AMS/EMS Skymed rescue helicopter was dispatched by Metro Control and on arrival on the scene a rescue paramedic was deployed from the helicopter and after assessing the patient, the 34 year old man from USA, and due to high winds making a rescue effort from the helicopter high risk, it was decided to transfer all four persons onto the sea rescue craft. They were transferred onto the sea rescue craft from the shoreline and brought to Bakoven sea rescue station where community medics assessed the injured man but he was recovering well from exhaustion and he required no further assistance.img-20170101-wa0014EAST LONDON:Geoff McGregor, NSRI East London station commander, said: During the 1st day of January NSRI East London duty crew, EC Government Health EMS, the SA Police Services and supporting emergency services attended to multiple cases. At Eastern Beach we assisted the SA Police Services in a body recovery operation of a male body found floating in the water.The body was recovered onto our sea rescue craft and transported to our sea rescue base and taken into the care of the Forensic Pathology Services and Police have opened an inquest docket. A 5 year old boy child drowned at Gulu and despite extensive efforts by EC Government Health EMS paramedics to resuscitate the child the child was declared deceased and the body of the child has been taken into the care of the Forensic Pathology Services and Police have opened an inquest docket.We were then called to a case where a male teenager fell off a ship wreck at the tidal pool at Lietchies Bay. He was transported to hospital by EMS ambulance in a stable condition.A Doctor resuscitated a 4 year old girl following a drowning accident at the Kei River Mouth and the child was transported to hospital by EMS ambulance in a stable condition.At Glen Eden two girls were running in shallow water when one of the girls, a 5 year old, fell into a deeper section of the water suffering non-fatal drowning symptoms and she has been transported to hospital by EMS ambulance in a stable condition.ST FRANCIS BAY:Sarah Smith, NSRI St Francis Bay station commander, said: At 17h20, Sunday, 01 January, NSRI St Francis Bay duty crew were activated following reports of a drowning in progress at Grannies Pool, St Francis Bay.On arrival on the scene two adult females and a female child were found already on the beach. A Clifton Surf Lifesaving lifeguard, on holiday in St Francis Bay and while surfing, assisted to rescue all three out of the water after noticing them in difficulty by the slip way. They have been transported to hospital by EC Government Health EMS in stable conditions for observation for secondary drowning symptoms.WILDERNESS:Eugene Rautenbach, NSRI Wilderness duty controller, said: At 14h30, Sunday, 01 January, two brothers aged 23 and 12, caught in rip current at Wilderness were found safely ashore by NSRI rescue swimmers who had responded following eye-witness reports. They required no further assistance.At 17h30, Sunday 01 January, NSRI Wilderness duty crew noticed people busy with CPR at the Wilderness lagoon and dispatched NSRI medics who found a father conducting CPR on his 7 year old son who he had rescued from the lagoon following a drowning accident and NSRI medics took over CPR efforts.Eden 911 ambulance services, EER International paramedics, the SA Police Services and SA National Park rangers responded to assist. Efforts to resuscitate the child were successful and the child has been transported to hospital by Eden 911 ambulance in a stable condition.STRUISBAAI:Reinard Geldenhuys, NSRI Agulhas station commander, said: At 11h38, Sunday, 01 January, our NSRI Agulhas duty crew responded to Main Beach where a 31 year old man was rescued by lifeguards and he was suffering non-fatal drowning symptoms.He was brought to our sea rescue station and medically treated and he has been transported to hospital by WC Government Health EMS ambulance in a stable condition. TO REPORT A SEA RESCUE EMERGENCY DIAL 112 FROM A CELLPHONE
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