GREAT BRAK RIVER:
Andre Fraser, NSRI Mossel Bay station commander, said: On Friday, 21 July, at 16h17, NSRI Mossel Bay duty crew were activated following a request for assistance from concerned members of the public reporting a teenage girl in the water in the Great Brak River and appearing to be needing assistance.
We dispatched our rescue vehicle towing our sea rescue craft Vodacom Rescuer IV to the Great Brak River and on arrival on the scene found the teenager already safely out of the water.
A WC Government Health EMS ambulance was summoned and the teenager was medically checked by paramedics and found to be not injured and we assisted to reunite her with her carers and arrangements were made to return her to her family and no further assistance was required.
WITSAND PORT BEAUFORT:
Theo Erasmus, NSRI Witsand station commander, said:On Friday, 21 July, at 11h35, Sea Vuna Fisheries in Mossel Bay requested NSRI Witsand Port Beaufort to assist in the patient evacuation of an ill seaman from the fishing trawler Vuna Imbongi that was fishing off shore of Witsand at the time.
Our sea rescue craft Breede Rescuer was launched and met the trawler about 2 nautical miles off shore of Witsand.
A 40 year old man was transferred onto Breede Rescuer and taken to the rescue base where he was treated for symptoms of hypothermia and he was then transported to Mossel Bay by private vehicle and no further assistance was required.
NSRI have expressed Sincere Condolences to family and friends following the death of an angler at Umgazana.
During the early afternoon on Friday, 21st July, NSRI Port Edward and NSRI Port St Johns were alerted after the SA Police Services received a request for assistance at Umgazana where a group of fishermen, angling from the shoreline, reported a family member swept into the sea after rocks that they were fishing from were engulfed by waves at the Umgazana River Mouth.
The 60 year old man, believed to be from Port St Johns, was recovered from the river by family and friends (from Durban) and although efforts were made by family to resuscitate their relative sadly he had died.
NSRI East London and a Police K-9 unit confirmed that local Police and the Forensic Pathology Services had been dispatched.
The SA Police Services and the Forensic Pathology Services have taken the body into their care and Police have opened an inquest docket.
PORT ST JOHNS:
Rob Nettleton, NSRI Port St Johns deputy station commander, said: Reports had been received by NSRI Durban from the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA), on Saturday, 22nd July, at around 10h00, requesting assistance to the chemical container vessel MV Bow Lind, sailing from Durban to Rotterdam, reporting their 35 man life-raft lost overboard but remaining attached to the ship by cables, deep-sea, approximately 50 nautical miles off the Transkei Coast.
Considerations were made for NSRI Durban to dispatch a sea rescue craft to assist with the life-raft recovery but in favourable sea conditions the MV Bow Lind was requested to sail closer to Port St Johns where NSRI Port St Johns duty crew dispatched the Offshore Africa Charter boat Offshore 1 to investigate at around 11h30, Saturday, 22nd July.
We rendezvoused with the ship 12 nautical miles off-shore of Port St Johns and at the ships Captains request NSRI boarded the life-raft which was found to have some damage but not significant damage.
A ships crewman was sent down to our boat Offshore 1 and we assisted the ships crewman to board the life-raft and the life-raft was cut loose and we towed the life-raft to the stern of the ship.
A second ships crewman was then taken aboard our craft Offshore 1 and taken to the life-raft and cables and ropes were lowered from the ship and a harness was constructed and the life-raft was secured to the ship with buffers to prevent damage to the life-raft and to the ship.
Once the life-raft was secured NSRI’s assistance was no longer required and the Captain reported that they would head for either Durban or to East London to make further repairs and to recover the life-raft properly.
Morne Dettmer, NSRI Mykonos deputy station commander, said: At 12h33, Sunday, 23rd July, NSRI Mykonos duty crew were activated following reports of a capsized kayak on Langebaan Lagoon near to the Langebaan Yacht Club.
NSRI rescue swimmers responded to the scene and found a modified kayak with 4 people onboard, 3 men and a woman, all aged in their early 20’s, believed to be from the Cape Town Northern Suburbs, had capsized about 60 meters off-shore.
An NSRI rescue swimmer waded out to them and assisted them to re-board the kayak and our rescue swimmer pushed them back to shore safely.
All 4 were medically checked by NSRI medics but only one of the group, a 22 year old man, appeared to be suffering from hypothermia and Atlantic Medical Services were summoned and paramedics treated the young man for hypothermia before he was released requiring no further assistance.