Norman Rautenbach, NSRI Richards Bay duty coxswain, said:
At 13h00 on Saturday the 16th of September, NSRI Richards Bay duty crew were activated following reports of a missing teenager in the Amatikulu River Lagoon.
It was reported that the teenager, a local male aged in his late teens, was crossing the river lagoon accompanied by others when he disappeared.
The river forms a lagoon on the Amatikulu and the river mouth is not open at present.
NSRI Richards Bay, the SA Police Services and a Police Search and Rescue Squad responded.
Despite an extensive search no sign of the teenager was found and Police Search and Rescue are continuing an ongoing search operation.
Bruce Davidson, NSRI Bakoven station commander, said:
At 10h46 on Sunday the 17th of September, NSRI Bakoven duty crew were activated following reports of a drowning in progress at Oudekraal (between Camps Bay and Llandudno).
We launched our sea rescue craft Rotarian Schipper and our NSRI rescue swimmers and Community Medics responded.
On arrival on the scene a local female, aged in her early 50’s, was found safely ashore and she was medically checked by our NSRI medics and released requiring no further assistance.
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Deon Langenhoven, NSRI Hermanus station commander, said:
At 17h49 on Sunday the 17th of September, NSRI Hermanus duty crew responded to Hawston harbour following reports of a scuba diver missing.
The sea rescue craft Maratimus Rescuer was towed to the scene to be launched.
On arrival on the scene it was confirmed that an adult male, scuba diving, had gone missing just outside of Hawston harbour.
Our sea rescue craft launched and despite an extensive sea and shoreline search no sign of the missing diver was found.
A Police Dive Unit were activated and on Monday morning prior to an ongoing search continuing, Police confirmed that the body of a man fitting the description was located and recovered from the shoreline. Police have opened an inquest docket.
His body has been taken into the care of the Forensic Pathology Services.
Then at 18h20, NSRI Hermanus, the SA Police Services, Overstrand Fire and Rescue Services and WC Government Health EMS were activated following reports of a drowning in progress at Kleinmond.
On arrival on the scene, an Overstrand Fire and Rescue Services rescue diver swam out and secured a 29 year old man. Together they were swept away by rip currents which swept them in 2 turns (all while the rescue diver kept the casualty man’s head above water keeping him safe) before the rip current brought both of them ashore where the rescue diver, assisted by NSRI, waded the casualty onto the shore where he was treated for hypothermia and for non-fatal drowning symptoms by EMS paramedics. He has been transported to hospital by EMS ambulance in a stable condition and he is expected to fully recover.
Overstrand Fire and Rescue Services rescue diver Jaco Stemmet is commended for his actions in saving the life of the casualty.
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