KOMMETJIE:Ian Klopper, NSRI Kommetjie station commander, said:At 21h12, Wednesday, 04th January, NSRI Kommetjie duty crew, while on routine training off-shore of Kommetjie, diverted sea rescue craft to investigate reports of distress flares sighted by eye-witnesses approximately 3 nautical miles off-shore of Kommetjie.Despite an extensive search no sign of any vessel, craft or persons were found in distress and the flare activation remains a mystery.NSRI are urging the public not to set off flares without reason. It is illegal to set off flares without reason and punishable by law.ST HELENA BAY:Casper Frylinck, NSRI Mykonos station commander, said:At 10h22, Thursday, 05 January, NSRI Mykonos duty crew, in our sea rescue vehicle, towed the sea rescue craft Gemini II to St Helena Bay to launch a search for a Crayfish Bakkie (small open boat), with 3 fishermen onboard, reported by concerned family to be overdue from fishing.During an extensive sea search that lasted into the afternoon they were located at anchor and with motor mechanical failure but safe and we towed them to St Helena Bay harbour without incident and they were reunited with family and they required no further assistance.
Picture by NSRI Mykonos. The Crayfish Bakkie with 3 fishermen onboard being towed to St Helena Bay.
LANGEBAAN LAGOON:Casper Frylinck, NSRI Mykonos station commander, said:On returning from St Helena Bay, At 16h25, Thursday, 05 January, our duty crew responded to Langebaan Lagoon following reports of a kite-boarder in difficulty.We launched Gemini Rescuer II and located the kite-boarder, a local male, and he was brought to shore aboard our sea rescue craft without incident and his kite and board were recovered.PLETTENBERG BAY:Marc Rodgers, NSRI Plettenberg Bay station commander, said:At 11h09, Thursday, 05th January, NSRI Plettenberg Bay and lifeguards on the beach were asked to investigate reports from a concerned eye-witness suspecting a paddle-skier to be in difficulty off-shore of Central Beach.The paddle-skier, a female, could be seen off-shore but she was not in difficulty and simply paddling along.Then at 12h09 our NSRI Plettenberg Bay duty crew medics responded to assist at the Moby Dicks restaurant where a woman was experiencing a fainting episode.The female was stabilised and found to have high blood pressure she was taken to hospital for further treatment.GRANGER BAY:Quentin Botha, NSRI Table Bay station commander, said:At 19h08, Thursday, 05 January, NSRI Table Bay duty crew launched the sea rescue craft Spirit of Vodacom and Spirit of Day following a request for assistance from the 38 foot motor vessel Itarga, with 6 crew onboard, experiencing motor mechanical problems.A private boat had launched from the Granger Bay Water Club and were rafted alongside the casualty boat.On our arrival on the scene we rafted the sea rescue craft to the casualty boat and assisted them safely to their mooring at the Water Club and no further assistance was required.
Picture by NSRI Table Bay. The casualty boat Itarga off shore of Granger Bay.