Allan Stilwell, NSRI Port Edward duty controller, said: At 10h10, Wednesday, 08th March, NSRI Port Edward duty crew were activated following reports of a drowning in progress at Main Beach, Port Edward. On our arrival on the scene two women, aged 28 and 18, from Kokstad, were found on the beach after being swept out to sea before being rescued by two men who were in the vicinity at the time.
The two women and one of the men were treated at the NSRI Port Edward first aid room for non-fatal drowning symptoms. They were transported to hospital by KZN private ambulance in stable conditions and they are expected to recover. The second man was not injured.
These two men, Peter Brereton and his brother in law Gerhard van Staden, were having refreshments at a beach side cafe when they were alerted to the two women in difficulty in the surf. The cafe owner raised the alarm, alerting NSRI, while Peter and Gerhard launched into the surf and swam about 100 meters out. They were able to rescue both women to the beach. During the rescue the woman that Peter had in his care sank under water and Peter was able to find her and bring her to the beach where they were joined by NSRI.
Peter and Gerhard are commended for their actions.
Pat van Eyssen, NSRI Table Bay duty coxswain, said: At 17h15, Tuesday, 07th March, NSRI Table Bay duty crew launched the Sea Rescue craft Spirit of Vodacom to assist the yacht Sophie B, with 3 crew onboard, reportedly returning from Rio de Janiero, from the Cape to Rio Yacht Race 2017, and suffering motor mechanical failure required a tow into Port. The yacht was towed into Port by our sea rescue craft without incident and safely berthed and no further assistance was required.
Lyall Pringle, NSRI Hout Bay station commander, said: At 19h15, Wednesday, 08 March, NSRI Hout Bay duty crew launched the sea rescue craft Nadine Gordimer and Tintswalo Phoenix and our rescue vehicle responded following reports of the yacht Aquamaniac, with 5 crew onboard, run aground on Hout Bay beach during the normal Hout Bay Yacht Club Wednesday evening sailing.
An NSRI crewman who was onboard one of the yachts in Hout Bay at the time raised the alarm after witnessing the casualty yacht run aground. On arrival on the scene the yacht was found in shallow surf on the beach and a bystander was assisting to keep the yacht stable.
With assistance of our NSRI shore crew and a rescue swimmer that swam a towline ashore a towline was rigged and the yacht was towed off the beach. We towed her to her berth in Hout Bay Harbour and no further assistance was required.
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