DYER ISLAND AND FALSE BAY:
At 11h24, Sunday, 23 April, NSRI Hermanus duty crew were activated by the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) following confirmation that a 31 year old man from the Pearly Beach area is missing on a grey rubber-duck between Pearly Beach and Dyer Island.
The man had reportedly left Pearly Beach on the rubber-duck with a single 115 horse power Yamaha motor at around 15h00 on 22nd April but has not been seen since and he did not arrive at Dyer Island as expected and he has not returned to Pearly Beach.
The NSRI Hermanus sea rescue craft South Star was launched and MRCC (Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre) joined the operation to plot search patterns taking into account weather, wind and sea currents.
The shoreline between Danger Point, Pearly Beach and Kleinmond and sea block search patterns between Kleinmond and Cape Point and beyond Cape Point were plotted and with NSRI Hermanus engaged in shoreline searches and a sea search from Pearly Beach to beyond Kleinmond, NSRI Gordon’s Bay launched the sea rescue craft Jack & Irene and Spirit of Surf-ski, NSRI Simon’s Town launched the sea rescue craft Spirit of Safmarine III, NSRI Kommetjie launched the sea rescue craft Spirit of the Vines and NSRI Hout Bay launched the sea rescue craft Nadine Gordimer to assist to cover a large search area in progressively worsening sea conditions with heavy swells and strong winds increasing to 60 knots.
An all ships alert broadcast on Marine VHF radio by Telkom Maritime Radio Services alerting ships in the area and passing through the area to remain alert continues to be broadcast.
An extensive shoreline and sea search from Pearly Beach and Dyer Island to beyond the South West of Cape Point has revealed no sign of the missing man and the rubber-duck.
Ships in the area and passing through the area will remain on alert and Police will continue with investigations and treat the matter as a missing person.
On Friday, 21 April, NSRI Witsand assisted Police in a search for a missing 31 year old female.
NSRI Witsand, the SA Police Services, a Police K-9 search and rescue team and community members were engaged in the search from 08h45 on Friday and the search was due to continue on Saturday after no sign of the missing female was found on Friday.
NSRI Witsand were informed by Police on saturday that the body of the female had been located and recovered and that a Murder docket had been opened in connection with the case.
On Friday, 21 April, NSRI Wilderness launched a sea rescue craft to assist a female on a sea-kayak who requested assistance to get in to the beach through the breakers.
The lady was taken onboard the sea rescue craft behind the breaker line and her sea-kayak recovered and once safely ashore she required no further assistance.
ST HELENA BAY:
At 09h39, Sunday, 23 April, NSRI Mykonos towed the sea rescue craft Gemini Rescuer II to St Helena Bay following a request for assistance from 4 fishermen, one from St Helena Bay and 3 from Kraaifontein, reporting to be on the small open fishing boat Windgat and that they have lost their outboard motor overboard, 1 nautical mile off-shore of St Helena Bay.
The sea rescue craft was launched at St Helena Bay and on arrival on the scene a tow-line was rigged to the casualty boat, a 5 meter open fishing boat, and they were towed to shore without incident and they required no further assistance.
It appears that bolts holding the outboard motor to the boat had come loose causing the motor to fall off their boat.
On Saturday, 22 April, NSRI Shelly Beach launched the sea rescue craft Spirit of Dawn to respond to off-shore of Uvongo where eye-witnesses suspected 2 men on a canoe to be in difficulty.
On arrival on the scene the men were found safe on their canoe and confirmed that they were in no trouble and no assistance was required.
TO REPORT A SEA RESCUE EMERGENCY DIAL 112 FROM A CELLPHONE