Ian Gray, NSRI Port Elizabeth station commander, said:
At 12h00, Wednesday, 09th August, NSRI Port Elizabeth duty crew were activated following reports of a diver missing while scuba diving off Noordhoek.
An extensive search, including a sea, shoreline, air and scuba-dive search, for the missing 70 year old local man has been carried out.
Resources deployed in the search operation has included 7 private boats (Found Nemo, Spoogs, Taryn, Sea La Vie, Triple K, Real Deal and Jumper – From Noordhoek ski-boat club), a team of private scuba divers who are qualified rescue divers, the Police Dive Unit, the NSRI Port Elizabeth sea rescue craft Spirit of Toft and Eikos Rescuer IV and the NSRI rescue vehicle, an SA Air Force 15 Squadron, Charlie Flight BK-117 helicopter, EC Government Health EMS and Coastal Water Rescue.
MRCC (Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre) and TNPA (Transnet National Ports Authority) and Telkom Maritime Radio Services also assisted.
Despite the extensive search no sign of the missing man has been found. A Police Dive Unit are continuing an ongoing search operation.
NSRI Port Alfred were dispatched to assist the wife of the missing man. Family are being assisted by NSRI and the SA Police Services.
NSRI commend the private divers (who joined Police divers in the scuba-dive search) and the private boats that joined in this search operation.
Alan Meiklejohn, NSRI Gordons Bay station commander, said:
At 12h05, NSRI Gordons Bay duty crew were activated following reports from emergency services responding to the R44 coast road, between Koegel Bay and Rooi Els. Members of the public happened upon a motor vehicle accident that is believed to have happened last night.
Members of the public had found the injured man, a local man aged in his 40’s, between the road way and the sea shoreline and they had raised the alarm.
It is believed that the vehicle was in the water and it is reported that the driver (only occupant of the vehicle) had been flung out of the vehicle, after going off the road, before the vehicle plunged into the water.
Police are investigating.
NSRI Gordons Bay dispatched a sea rescue vehicle and the sea rescue craft Jack & Irene was launched to join the WC Government Health EMS and Cape Town Fire and Rescue Services who were already on the scene. An EMS rescue paramedic had been deployed to the patient to provide medical attention. The SA Police Services also attended.
The EMS/AMS Skymed rescue helicopter was dispatched and additional rescue paramedics were hoisted to the site from the helicopter to attend to the injured man.
The injured man was secured into a specialised hoisting stretcher and he was hoisted to the roadway by the Skymed helicopter where an ambulance transported the man to hospital in a stable condition.