At 16h39, Saturday, 18th November, NSRI Durban duty crew were activated following reports of a 10 year old boy swept into the lagoon by waves that had washed over a sand bank where a group of children were playing (a sand bank between the lagoon and the surf).
An NSRI Durban sea rescue craft was preparing to launch and Netcare 911 ambulance services, IPSS medical rescue, Police Search and Rescue and NSRI rescue swimmers responded directly to the scene.
On arrival on the scene it was confirmed that the child was missing underwater in the lagoon and, following an extensive search, a Police Search and Rescue team located and recovered the body of the child. The child has sadly been declared deceased by paramedics and taken into the care of the Forensic Pathology Services. Police have opened an inquest docket.
Condolences are expressed to family.
At 18h34, Saturday, 18th November, NSRI Hermanus duty crew dispatched rescue swimmers to Kleinmond Lagoon where a 13 year old male learner, reportedly on a school outing, had disappeared under water in the lagoon. He and his friends had apparently been jumping into the lagoon from a bridge.
Reports from eye-witnesses suggested that the teenager may have jumped into the water to assist a fellow learner who had gotten into difficulty in the water, when he got into difficulty himself and disappeared under the water.
WC Government Health EMS, Overberg Fire and Rescue services and the SA Police Services also responded.
On arrival on the scene two NSRI rescue swimmers waded, in 2 to 3 meter depth water, in a sweeping line search and on the return leg of the search they located and recovered the body of the teenager. Sadly paramedics declared the teenager deceased.
The body of the teenager has been taken into the care of the Forensic Pathology Services. Police have opened an inquest docket.
Condolences are expressed to family.
At 16h39, Saturday, 18th November, NSRI Kommetjie, NSRI Hout Bay and NSRI Simonstown dispatched sea rescue craft to respond towards Cape Point while investigating an unconfirmed report of a man fallen overboard a fishing boat.
While responding to the scene it was then confirmed by Ski Boat Mobile (who monitor boats fishing off Cape Point) that only fuel starvation and mechanical failure of one motor had occurred and no person had fallen overboard.
NSRI Hout Bay’s sea rescue craft continued to respond to the scene and NSRI Kommetjie arranged spare fuel and also responded and the NSRI sea rescue craft rendezvoused with the ski-boat Tardis, with 3 local men onboard.
Spare fuel was provided to them and both NSRI Kommetjie and NSRI Hout Bay sea rescue craft escorted Tardis to Hout Bay Bay harbour without incident where their boat was recovered and no further assistance was required.
At 15h43, Saturday, 18th November, NSRI Plettenberg Bay medics responded to Main Street, Plettenberg Bay, where a 19 year old male was involved in a motor bike accident. WC Government Health EMS, Bitou Fire and Rescue Services and Medlife ambulance services also responded.
On arrival on the scene the teenager, an off-duty Plettenberg Bay lifeguard, was treated for a fractured right femur. He was stabilised on the scene and transported to hospital in a serious condition by ambulance.
NSRI and the Emergency Services have wished their colleague a speedy recovery.
Then at 22h43, NSRI Plettenberg Bay medics responded to Beacon Isle Drive following reports of a motor vehicle accident. Medlife ambulance services also responded. On arrival on the scene an adult male was treated for a neck and head injury and his C-Spine was secured as a precaution. He was transported to hospital in a stable condition by ambulance.
At 22h08, Saturday, 18th November, NSRI Durban duty crew were activated following a request for assistance from 4 fishermen on a 4.2 meter boat reporting battery failure and unable to get their motor started off-shore of Island View. They were advised to put to anchor and NSRI Durban launched the sea rescue craft Megan II.
On arrival on the scene the men were found safe on their boat and the casualty boat was taken under tow by NSRI and towed without incident to the public slipway and their boat was recovered and no further assistance was required.
At 23h08, Saturday, 18th November, NSRI Melkbosstrand and NSRI Yzerfontein were placed on alert following reports of a red distress flare sighted in the vicinity of Grotto Bay.
There are no reports of any craft or persons overdue or missing from that area and NSRI are continuing to investigate the possible source of a red distress flare activation in that area.
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