Arno Cloete, NSRI Mossel Bay duty coxswain, said:
At 08h25, Tuesday, 14th February, NSRI Mossel Bay duty crew were activated following eye-witness reports of a fisherman appearing to be unconscious on a sea-kayak just off-shore of the Mossel Bay harbour.
The research vessel Lamnidae, with the NSRI Mossel Bay acting station commander onboard, were nearby at the time and while the NSRI crew were responding to the sea rescue station Lamnidae proceeded to the scene where they found a local fisherman semi-conscious on a fishing sea-kayak.
Unable to get the man onboard the boat they towed the sea-kayak into the harbour (a few hundred meters) where they were met by sea rescue crew and by a paramedic (who is also NSRI Mossel Bay crew) in his ambulance (By Grace Ambulance Services) and the man was taken off the sea-kayak and treated for dehydration and stabilised.
The patient was transported to hospital by ambulance in a stable condition for rehydration treatment.
Deon Langenhoven, NSRI Hermanus station commander, said:
At 21h13, Tuesday, 14th February, NSRI Hermanus were activated following reports of two red distress flares sighted by eye-witnesses in the vicinity of Kleimnond.
NSRI crew were dispatched to the area but no further flare sighting and with no reports of any persons or boats overdue or missing and no signs of any vehicles or abandoned boat trailers at slip ways in the area a search was suspended at 22h00 and monitored.
By mid morning on Wednesday there remained no report of any boat or persons missing and the reasons for the flare activation remains a mystery.
Willem Lubbe, NSRI Yzerfontein station commander, said:
At 08h15, Wednesday, 15th February, NSRI Yzerfontein duty crew launched the sea rescue craft Rotary Onwards following a request for assistance from the Crayfish Bakkie (small open fishing boat) Hook with 4 fishermen onboard reporting to be suffering motor mechanical failure off-shore of Dassen Island but safe in the vicinity of Huisbaai.
On arrival on the scene a towline was rigged and the boat was towed to Yzerfontein harbour without incident and once safely in the harbour no further assistance was required.
Alan Meiklejohn, NSRI Gordons Bay station commander, said: At 11h47, Wednesday, 15th February, NSRI Gordons Bay duty crew were activated and the GB Med Security Ambulance Services responded following a report from a pilot of a Robbie 44 helicopter reporting sighting a body floating in shallow surf at the Steenbras River Mouth.
The Police Dive Unit and the SA Police Services were alerted.
On arrival on the scene the unidentified body of a man was located and recovered from the water onto the sea rescue craft and brought to Gordons Bay harbour where the body was taken into the care of the SA Police Services and the Forensic Pathology Services.
Police have opened an inquest docket and they are investigating.
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