Sarah Smith, NSRI St Francis Bay station commander, said:
At 07h49, Friday, 22nd December, NSRI St Francis Bay duty crew were activated by the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) following a report of a fisherman overboard the Chokka fishing boat Sea Cat off-shore of Tsitsikamma.
It appears that sometime during the night the 31 year old fisherman, from Oyster Bay, may have gone overboard after he was noticed to be missing from the at anchor Chokka fishing boat early this morning and at 06h15 MRCC (Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre) were notified after the crew of Sea Cat had raised the alarm alerting Telkom Maritime Radio Services.
Our NSRI St Francis Bay sea rescue craft Spirit of St Francis II was launched immediately and NSRI Plettenberg Bay, NSRI Port Elizabeth and NSRI Oyster Bay were placed on alert and NSRI notified the SA Air Force in case aerial support could be launched.
NSRI Plettenberg Bay prepped the sea rescue craft Leonard Smith, extra fuel was arranged, and the NSRI Plettenberg Bay duty crew stood by and ready to launch while awaiting feedback from NSRI St Francis Bay.
We also alerted friends and holidaymakers living and on holiday along the Tsitsikamma coastline in that vicinity to assist from the land side with a shoreline search while we also investigating the possibility of any aircraft flying along that stretch of coastline to assist with an aerial search.
A private fixed wing aircraft, flying from Plettenberg Bay to St Francis Bay, volunteered to assist and joined in a search.
It appears that no other vessel in the area at the time had joined in a search and NSRI believe that an all ships alert has been posted by Telkom Maritime Radio Services alerting sea traffic in the vicinity to be on the look-out.
On arrival on the scene our sea rescue craft conducted an extensive search that was assisted by the private aircraft but no sign of the missing fisherman has been found.
The SA Police services from SAPS St Francis Bay and SAPS Kareedouw assisted and Police have notified and counselled family in Oyster Bay although it is believed that the father of the missing man and brothers of the missing man are fishermen onboard the Chokka boat Sea Cat.
Police will continue in an ongoing search operation and the Police Dive Unit have been notified and Police have opened an investigation.
Marc Rodgers, NSRI Plettenberg Bay station commander, said:
At 10h17, Friday, 22nd December, NSRI Plettenberg Bay medical crew assisted at a motor vehicle accident in a residential area of Plettenberg Bay.
An Ethiopan man was treated for injuries on the scene and he has been transported to hospital by ambulance in a stable condition.
Andre Fraser, NSRI Mossel Bay station commander, said:
At 13h27, Friday, 22nd December, NSRI Mossel Bay duty crew responded aboard the sea rescue craft Vodacom Rescuer IV to assist a 39 year old and a 19 year old, from Pretoria, capsized on a pencil rubber-duck off-shore of Dias Beach while preparing for the upcoming Trans Agulhas boat race.
A fishing ski-boat, in the area at the time, assisted them out of the surfline and both were found to not be injured.
Juan Pretorius, NSRI Port Alfred station commander, said:
At 11h59, Friday, 22nd December, our NSRI Port Alfred duty crew launched the sea rescue craft Lotto Challenger to assist a craft with motor mechanical failure with 2 crew onboard, 2 nautical miles from our sea rescue station, and they have been towed into the harbour without incident and no further assistance was required.
Arrie Combrinck, NSRI Still Bay station commander, said:
At 14h14, Friday, 22nd December, NSRI Still Bay duty crew launched the sea rescue craft Spirit of St Francis to assist a Hobie-Cat with 2 crew onboard, a father and son, aged 46 and 15, from Bloemfontein, following multiple eye-witness reports of the Hobie-Cat capsized off-shore of Geelkrans, 2 nautical miles from our sea rescue base.
After initially assisting the 2 sailors to right their craft they got underway and were sailing when we were called to go back out to assist them a second time after they capsized again in the surfline.
Unable to right their craft, which appeared to have water in one of the pontoons, and assisted by the lifeguards we managed to recover them from the surf and we towed their Hobie-Cat on her side to the harbour where once their craft was recovered they required no further assistance.