On Wednesday, 19th April, NSRI Hermanus duty crew launched the sea rescue craft Jaytee III following reports from surfers of a surf-ski found afloat off-shore of Onrus at Kammabaai.
The surf-ski was recovered and later a local man, aged in his 60’s, came forward and confirmed that he was safely ashore after swimming to shore the breakers after his surf-ski capsized.
He was not injured and the surf-ski was recovered and no further assistance was required.
On Thursday, 20th April, NSRI East London duty crew dispatched the sea rescue craft Spirit of Rotary EL II following reports of a boat capsized in the surf-line at Gonube Beach.
On-duty Buffalo City Municipal lifeguards (one of the lifeguards is also crew at NSRI East London), at Gonube Beach, launched Malibu Rescue Boards and lifeguard rescue swimmers also swam out to assist the two local men aged 44 and 41 and they were recovered onto the Malibu Rescue Boards and brought to shore by the lifeguards and they were not injured.
Their capsized boat washed into the surf-line where it was recovered and no further assistance was required.
On Thursday, 20th April, NSRI Lamberts Bay duty crew launched the sea rescue craft Douglas Murray following reports of a fisherman on a small open fishing boat collapsed unconscious from a suspected heart attack.
A search was launched for the fishing boat after no exact position could be confirmed and the SA Police Services and WC Government Health EMS had also been activated.
Family of the two fishermen who were on the boat assisted in trying to locate the boat and their position.
While a search was underway the boat had come into Lamberts Bay harbour where they were met by Police and EMS paramedics but sadly the local fisherman, aged 55, was declared deceased by paramedics and believed to have died from natural causes.
Then on Thursday night, 20th April, NSRI Lamberts Bay duty crew launched the sea rescue craft Douglas Murray to search for fisherman on a small open fishing boat that had run out of fuel and were adrift on the open water off-shore of Lamberts Bay.
A search until after midnight found no sign of the fishermen and local fishing boats and the NSRI Lamberts Bay sea rescue craft Douglas Murray dispatched at first light to continue a search and NSRI Mykonos were towing the sea rescue craft Gemini Rescuer II to Lamberts Bay where she was to be launched when Sea Fisheries Inspectors found the missing boat with a 3 fishermen onboard and safe 4 nautical miles West of Lamberts Bay and their boat was brought into Lamberts Bay without incident and no further assistance required.
TO REPORT A SEA RESCUE EMERGENCY DIAL 112 FROM A CELLPHONE