At 15h08, Friday, 17th February, NSRI Wilderness duty crew activated to respond to Herolds Bay following reports of a drowning in progress.
Prior to arriving on the scene it was confirmed that surfers had assisted the person out of the water and no further assistance was required.
On Friday, 17th February, at 15h29, NSRI Bakoven, NSRI Hout Bay and the NSRI ASR (Air Sea Rescue) duty crews were activated to respond to Llandudno Beach following reports of a person missing in the surfline.
The person was seen in the water and then the person could no longer be seen and eye-witnesses raised the alarm.
Sea Rescue craft from NSRI Bakoven and from NSRI Hout Bay were mobilised and the AMS/EMS Skymed rescue helicopter was activated.
Prior to arriving on the scene it was confirmed that the female had come out of the water further down the beach line and no further assistance was required.
Alan Meiklejohn, NSRI Gordons Bay station commander, said:
At 20h06, Friday, 17th February, NSRI Gordons Bay duty crew responded to Die Poort at Strand Beach where a Kreef Bakkie (small open fishing boat) with one man onboard experienced motor mechanical failure 200 meters off-shore.
In the on-shore winds the boat washed ashore and our NSRI crews assisted the local man to recover his boat and no further assistance was required.
Geoff McGregor, NSRI East London station commander, said:
On Friday, 17th February, NSRI East London monitored the progress of the yacht Cosmos, with a couple on board, reporting motor mechanical problems sailing from Durban to Hout Bay and currently off the Transkei heading towards East London.
We remained on alert while they continued to sail without incident and reaching the Port of East London after midnight on Saturday morning we launched the sea rescue craft Spirit of Lotto and towed them into Port without incident.
The operation was completed at 03h19.
At 10h47, Saturday, 18th February, NSRI Richards Bay responded to reports of a jet-ski with 2 persons onboard, capsized off-shore of Zini Beach and both persons reported to be in the water.
Prior to arriving on the scene it was confirmed that both persons were safely ashore and no further assistance was required.
ST FRANCIS BAY:
Sarah Smith, NSRI St Francis station commander, said:
At 15h04, Saturday, 18th February, NSRI St Francis Bay duty crew dispatched rescue swimmers to The Cove following reports of a drowning in progress.
2 private boats, with NSRI St Francis Bay crew onboard, that happened to be on the water and nearby to the scene at the time, responded.
Private Care ambulance services, SA Police Services and EC Government Health EMS responded.
On arrival on the scene a search commenced for a 35 year old male, believed to be a local man, who had disappeared under water after being swept out to sea by rip currents while swimming.
During an extensive sea and shoreline search effort, including a sweeping line free dive search conducted by NSRI rescue swimmers, the body of the man was located and recovered from the water and brought to the shoreline where the body was taken into the care of the SA Police Services and the Forensic Pathology Services.
Sincere Condolences are expressed to family and friends who are receiving Police assistance and Police have opened an inquest docket.
John Nicholas, NSRI Port Edward station commander, said:
At 20h13, Saturday, 18th February, an NSRI Port Edward rescue team joined the Police Search and Rescue, GB Med Security, local farmers and the Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife Park rangers searching for 2 men, a doctor from Amanzimtoti and a Pastor from Durban, overdue from a hike at the Umtamvuna Nature Reserve and believed to have been on the one of the “Long Walk” trails and expected back at around 16h00 but failing to return family grew concerned and raised the alarm.
An extensive search throughout the night revealed no sign of the 2 men and the search continued from first light with a Police K-9 Search and Rescue team joining in the search.
During Sunday morning communications by cellphone was established with the 2 hikers confirming that they were safe but lost while hiking the Nkonka Trail in thick mist and rain after losing the trail in thick mist and rain and nightfall while on the trail and slow progress because of weather.
The search party continues the search. This is a developing story.
Picture attached by NSRI Port Edward shows where rescuers were positioned on the trail during Saturday night.
At 09h41, Sunday, 19th February, NSRI Hermanus and the NSRI ASR (Air Sea Rescue) duty crews were activated following reports of a drowning in progress at the Palmiet River Mouth.
NSRI Hermanus responded towing a sea rescue craft to be launched on the scene and the AMS/EMS Skymed rescue helicopter were activated.
Prior to arriving on the scene it was confirmed that a person was safely out of the water and no further assistance was required.
TO REPORT A SEA RESCUE EMERGENCY DIAL 112 FROM A CELLPHONE