Deon Langenhoven, NSRI Hermanus station commander, said:
At 03h58, Sunday, 05 November, NSRI Hermanus duty crew were activated following reports from the SA Police Services of mukltiple red distress sighted in the vicinity of Dyer Island.
Our sea rescue craft South Star and Jaytee III were launched and our sea rescue vehicle dispatched to the land side in the vicinity of Gansbaai.
Despite an extensive search that lasted into daylight hours no sign of any craft, vessel or persons in any distress could be found and with no reports of any persons overdue or missing the reason for the multiple red distress flare activation remains a mystery.
Ian Klopper, NSRI Kommetjie station commander, said:
At 08h57, Sunday, 05 November, NSRI Kommetjie duty crew, on a routine training exercise, diverted from the exercise to assist 2 adult men and 3 teenage boys all aged 16, who were lying at anchor on their rubber-duck behind the breakers at Noordhoek beach and reporting motor mechanical failure.
The 2 adults were at anchor at the backline while the 3 teenagers were surfing. Then when they were preparing to return to Hout Bay they discovered that the rubber-duck had motor mechanical failure and in no imminent danger but needing assistance they raised the alarm.
Our sea rescue craft Spirit of the Vines and IL Batello arrived on the scene where the 5 crew of the rubber-duck were found safe and a tow-line was rigged and we towed them to Hout Bay harbour without incident where they recovered their boat and no further assistance was required.
Andrew Burrell, NSRI Wilderness duty coxswain, said:
At 11h45, Sunday, 05 November, NSRI Wilderness duty crew, at the sea rescue station and conducting routine training, launched the sea rescue craft Lavenia and dispatched our NSRI rescue vehicle to Kleinkrans where a lady had reported seeing a flashing reflection of unknown origin in the vicinity off-shore about a nautical mile.
Suspecting a craft to be in distress the alarm was raised.
On arrival on the scene we found a fishing boat with fishermen who were fishing in the area and in no distress and we believe the reflection from their boat is what the eye-witness had seen.
A false alarm with good intentions and we thanked the witness who had raised concerns.
Earlier in this past week, on Wednesday afternoon, 01 November, we dispatched our sea rescue craft Lavenia and our NSRI rescue vehicle to the vicinity of Kleinkrans, at a barely accessible remote area, where contract vegetation workers had suspected to have seen a body to be floating in the surf.
We used a drone to assist the sea rescue craft in an air and sea search but after finding only the carcass of a seal in shallow surf we believe that this was the same unidentified floating object that the witnesses had seen and no further assistance was required
Ian Gray, NSRI port Elizabeth station commander, said:
At 10h15, Sunday, 05 November, NSRI Port Elizabeth were placed on alert by the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) reporting a pending patient evacuation of an ill sailor from the bulk carrier Mineral Dalian sailing from South America to Taiwan and currently passing Port Elizabeth 50 nautical miles off-shore.
The TNPA was awaiting further information and NSRI Port Elizabeth’s duty crew were placed on alert.
At 11h16, NSRI Port Elizabeth were activated following reports from MRCC (Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre) informing that a Government Health EMS duty doctor had evaluated the patients condition by communications with the ship and an urgent patient evacuation was required with the patient reported to be in a serious condition with a suspected burst appendix.
We dispatched our sea rescue craft Eikos Rescuer IV accompanied by an EC Government Health EMS rescue paramedic and our sea rescue craft Spirit of Toft followed and we rendezvoused with the ship at 33 nautical miles off-shore and the patient, a 24 year old Ukraine, walking wounded, was transferred onto our sea rescue craft and brought to shore and he has been transported to hospital by EMS ambulance in a stable and satisfactory condition.
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