Darren Zimmerman, NSRI Simonstown station commander, said: At 13h20, Sunday, 02 April, NSRI Simon’s Town duty crew and CMR (Cape Medical Response) were activated after an NSRI Simon’s Town crewman, Ivan Breetzke, while walking on Seaforth Beach with family when his niece pointed out a child lying face down in the water in the surfline.
Ivan got his family to raise the alarm while he jumped into the water and recovered a 7 year old Mitchell’s Plain child from the surf. On getting the child onto the beach Ivan started Pulmonary Resuscitation efforts and shortly into starting the medical artificial breathing efforts the child coughed up some water and started to breath spontaneously. NSRI medics and CMR paramedics arrived on the scene and the child was stabilised before being transported to hospital by CMR ambulance in a serious but stable condition.
It is extremely fortunate that Ivan happened to be there in that moment and NSRI commend Ivan for his quick reaction.
Deon Langenhoven, NSRI Hermanus station commander, said: At 23h10, Saturday, 01 April, NSRI Hermanus duty crew were activated following reports of red distress flares sighted in the vicinity of the Onrus Caravan Park. On investigation it was found that the red distress flares had been fired from land for unknown reasons.
NSRI urge the public not to fire red distress flares unless in an emergency requiring the use of red distress flares to raise an alarm.
Alan Meiklejohn, NSRI Gordons Bay station commander, said: At 09h19, Sunday, 02 April, NSRI Gordons Bay duty crew were activated by the Transnet National ports Authority (TNPA) and the Sea Rescue craft Jack & Irene was launched to assist the yacht Tantrum reporting suspected contaminated fuel causing mechanical motor failure. The yacht, with 4 locals onboard, 2 adult men, an adult woman and a 6 year old boy, was towed by NSRI safely to Harbour Island and berthed without incident.
Antoinette Le Roux, NSRI Shelly Beach deputy station commander, said: At 13h12, Sunday, 02 April, NSRI Shelly Beach launched the sea rescue craft Caltex Challenger II to assist the boat Magic, off Uvongo, suffering steering failure. On arrival on the scene NSRI provided tools and stood by on the scene while the crew of Magic used the tools provided by NSRI to repair the steering failure and once the steering was repaired they were able to beach their craft safely without assistance and no further assistance was required.
Robert van Helsdingen, NSRI Wilderness station commander, said: At 14h16, Sunday, 02 April, NSRI Wilderness duty crew responded to Leentjies Klip Beach following reports of a drowning in progress.
On arrival on the scene a 15 year old boy from Somerset West, Cape Town, on a schools rugby tour, was found safe on the beach after reportedly getting into difficulty while assisting a fellow school mate who had gotten into difficulty in the surf. Paramedics from Eden 911 arrived on the scene and following some medical attention the teenager required no further assistance.
MOSSEL BAY (2 incidents):
Andre Fraser, NSRI Mossel Bay station commander, said:
On Sunday early afternoon, 02 April, NSRI Mossel Bay duty crew, the SA Police Services, ER24 ambulance services, By Grace EMS and Mossel Bay Fire and Rescue Services responded to De Vette Mossel, close to the Great Brak River Mouth, following reports of a mass drowning in progress. The sea rescue craft Rescue 15 and Vodacom Rescuer II were launched.
On arrival on the scene a 17 year old boy, from Kuruman, reportedly on a school tour, and 3 bystanders, locals Braam Marais, 39, Nicco Muller, 27, and Jannie Geyer, 27, were found approximately 200 meters off-shore in the surf and they were rescued onto a sea rescue craft.
All 4 of the persons found in the surf who were rescued onto the sea rescue craft had all gone into the water to assist another 17 year old, also from Kuruman, also on the school tour, from the surf. They were brought to our sea rescue base aboard the sea rescue craft and they have been assessed medically by paramedicsand they require no further assistance.
The 17 year old, who was initially in difficulty, had managed to get out of the surf with 2 other men who had also gone into the water to assist him. These 2 men are Tjoepie van der Merwe, 26, a local, and Charl Smit, 40, from Piketberg, and they and the teenager were assessed medically by paramedics on the beach and they required no further assistance.
At 18h56, Friday, 31st March, NSRI Mossel Bay duty crew were activated following reports made to Police and to the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) of a yacht drifting across the Mossel Bay harbour and appearing to be unmanned.
We launched our sea rescue craft Rescue 15 and on arrival on the scene found the 18 meter French yacht Uranie at anchor in the harbour channel but all was quiet onboard and we initially believed the yacht to be unmanned.
NSRI rescue swimmers were put onto the yacht and after making some noise the French yacht skipper, aged in his 60’s, appeared from below decks wanting to know what all of the fuss was about and complaining that NSRI had woken him from his sleep.
We pointed out that he must have drifted and he was now anchored in the harbour channel to his surprise and it was revealed that he had been anchored by the Mossel Bay Yacht Club but his yacht had dragged anchor coming to rest in the harbour channel.
The Frenchman raised his anchor and motored back to the yacht club where he put to anchor safely without incident and no further assistance was required.
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