Ian Klopper, NSRI Kommetjie station commander, said:
Just after midnight, Tuesday, 17th January, a team of 4 NSRI Kommetjie crew, who are also medics and trained in fire fighting, at the request of Enviro Wildfire Services (who donated fire fighting equipment to NSRI Kommetjie), responded to Vredehoek, Cape Town, to join Cape Town Fire and Rescue Services, Enviro Wildfire Services and the emergency services to assist at fires.
Fire crews and emergency services were stretched along a belt of houses threatened by the fires and the NSRI Kommetjie crew were Initially deployed to protect a house in Vredehoek and the house that they were tasked to protect was saved from burning.
The crew were then redeployed to medically treat firemen, assist to evacuate residents and animals from homes and to assist in fire fighting. The team were on-scene from 00h45 to 07h00 before the fires had been brought under control and the NSRI Kommetjie team were released by Fire commanders.
Ryan Holmes, NSRI Gordons Bay duty coxswain, said:
At 13h00, Wednesday 18th January, NSRI Gordons Bay duty crew were activated by the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) following a request for assistance from 3 men, brothers, aged in their 20’s, from Bothasig, on a 4.2 meter rubber-duck, 1 nautical mile off-shore between Harbour Island and Gordons Bay harbour, reporting motor mechanical failure and drifting after losing their anchor.
We launched the sea rescue craft Jack & Irene and on arrival on the scene we found the rubber-duck drifting towards rocks and close to rocks after currents and the wind had blown their boat close inshore. A tow-line was rigged and we initially towed them back out to sea and away from danger before re-adjusting the tow-line and towing them safely into Gordons Bay harbour without incident.
Once ashore and their boat safely recovered they required no further assistance.
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