Juan Pretorius, NSRI Port Alfred, Station commander, said: At 17h45, Saturday, 27th May, NSRI Port Alfred duty crew were activated following a request for assistance from the local Halyards Hotel reporting a couple overdue after launching at 13h00 on a boat hired from the hotel to motor up the Kowie River but they had not returned as expected and they were overdue by about an hour.
We launched our rigid inflatable rescue craft Rescie 11 Alpha and found the couple, aged in their 20’s, they are from Belgium and Germany, 25 kilometers up river and they had no cell signal reception and the hired boat they were on had suffered motor mechanical failure.
They were brought safely to Port Alfred aboard our sea rescue craft and the hotel will arrange to fetch the boat during Sunday and no further assistance was required.
Willem Lubbe, NSRI Yzerfontein station commander, said: On Saturday, 27th May, NSRI Yzerfontein duty crew launched the sea rescue craft Rotary Onwards to tow the yacht Flee that had beached in Yzerfontein two weeks ago.
Using the new moon Spring Tide NSRI Yzerfontein assisted the yacht’s owner, his friends and locals to get the yacht off the beach.
NSRI Yzerfontein towed the yacht towards Saldanha Bay and NSRI Mykonos launched the sea rescue craft Spirit of Freemasonry to take over the tow in the vicinity of Kreef Baai and towed the yacht safely to Saldanha Bay without incident.
All who assisted are commended for their involvement.
Jeremiah Jackson, NSRI Shelly Beach station commander, said: At 13h29, Saturday, 27th May, NSRI Shelly Beach duty crew launched the sea rescue craft Spirit of Dawn to assist a fisherman on a fishing kayak Umtentweni after the fisherman requested assistance reporting cramping and hypothermia after falling into the sea from his fishing kayak.
On arrival on the scene we found he and his fishing partner had drifted to off South Port and the friend, not injured and requiring no assistance, was able to paddle to shore without assistance but the 38 year old Durban fisherman, who told us he had fallen into the water numerous times but despite managing to get back onto his fishing kayak each time he had grown cold, becoming hypothermic and cramping and he could no longer get back to shore so he and his fishing buddy had raised the alarm.
We took the injured man onboard our sea rescue craft and started re-warming procedures and we recovered his fishing kayak and we brought him to our sea rescue base where Medivac ambulance services met us and NSRI medics together with the Medivac paramedics continued treatment at our sea rescue base and once re-warmed and feeling a lot better and grateful to have been rescued the fisherman required no further assistance.
His friend had by that stage driven to our sea rescue base to fetch him and no further assistance was required.
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