Willem Lubbe, NSRI Yzerfontein station commander, said:
NSRI Yzerfontein duty crew launched the sea rescue craft Rotary Onwards and dispatched a sea rescue vehicle to respond to Jakkalsfontein after being activated at 08h35, Monday, 01 May, following reports from a bystander suspecting a boat capsized just outside of the backline.
On arrival on the scene, with dense fog descending, a search revealed no sign of a capsized boat and only other bystanders who reported seeing a fishing trawler passing by the area earlier.
After finding no sign of anyone or any boats in difficulty we suspect that this was a false alarm with good intentions and by Tuesday with still no information on any craft or persons overdue or missing no further assistance is required.
Then at 15h35, the duty crew were activated and the sea rescue craft Rotary Onwards was launched to assist 4 fishermen on a boat on the South side of Dassen Island dragging anchor and with motor mechanical failure and threatening to drift onto rocks.
On arrival on the scene the boat was taken under tow and towed to Yzerfontein harbour without incident and once recovered no further assistance was required.
The operation was completed at 17h55.
Alan Meiklejohn, NSRI Gordons Bay station commander, said:
At 15h14, Monday, 01 May, NSRI Gordon’s Bay assisted a boat off-shore of Die Poort with 4 crew onboard.
The boat, suffering mechanical motor failure, was towed safely to Gordons Bay harbour and recovered without incident and no further assistance was required.
John Nicholas, NSRI Port Edward station commander, said:
At 21h00, Monday, 01 May, NSRI Port Edward duty crew and rescue swimmers were dispatched to assist the Police Search and Rescue at the Umtamvuna River Bridge where a mother and her 8 year old son had reportedly gone over the bridge into the water from unknown circumstances.
A Police Search and Rescue boat was launched and accompanied by NSRI rescue swimmers the male child was recovered from the water and is safe and not injured and the body of the lady has been recovered from the water but sadly she has been declared deceased.
Police are investigating and an inquest docket has been opened.
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