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MOSSEL BAY:Andre Fraser, NSRI Mossel Bay station commander, said:We received a call from George METRO Control at 12h08, Tuesday, 19th December, of a possible drowning of two people at Dias Beach.Our NSRI rescue swimmers Dawie Zwiegelaar and Pieter Zaayman responded to the scene and on arrival on the scene confirmed that both persons were out of the water and that By Grace Ambulance Services were attending to the one patient. The other youngster was not injured.No further assistance was needed.The patient, an 11 year old local male, was transported to hospital by By Grace ambulance in a stable condition for observation.NSRI commend the Squad Leader AJ Stander of the Mossel Bay Surf Lifesaving Club that responded immediately when he saw the young males getting into difficulty in the water and it appears one got out of the water unassisted and the second male, the 11 year old, was rescued by the lifeguard.WC Government Health EMS and the Mossel Bay Fire and Rescue Services were also on scene.RICHARDS BAY:Norman Rautenbach, NSRI Richards Bay duty coxswain, said:At 19h02, Tuesday, 19th December, NSRI Richards Bay swift water rescue team were activated to assist a Police K-9 Search and Rescue team and Police divers on a river between Ulundi and Denny Dalton where a group of people were reportedly stuck in rapids during a flash flood in the Umfolozi river.Prior to arriving on the scene Police confirmed that they had successfully rescued 2 adults and 2 children and no further assistance was required.ST FRANCIS BAY:Stuart Obray, NSRI St Francis Bay deputy station commander, said:At 09h45, Tuesday, 19th December, NSRI St Francis Bay received a call from a dad reporting that his teenage daughter, 18, had drifted out to sea on a surf-ski at Main Beach and she was drifting towards the river mouth just under a nautical mile out to sea.The sea rescue craft Spirit of St Francis II was launched and following a search operation the teenager was located and recovered between Granny's Pool and Main Beach and she was brought to our sea rescue base and reunited with her dad and no further assistance was required.At 09h30, Wednesday, 20th December, NSRI St Francis Bay crewman and medic, Robin Brown, who is also a paramedic with Relay EMS, while driving out of a shopping centre after doing some morning shopping, came across a 30 year old man suffering seizures in the car park.Having all EMS equipment with him Robin stopped and immediately initiated medical treatment to the man who suffered continuous seizures and a Relay EMS ambulance was activated and the patient has been transported to hospital in a stable condition.PORT ALFRED:Juan Pretorius, NSRI Port Alfred station commander, said:NSRI Port Alfred duty crew were activated at 09h00, Wednesday, 20th December, following reports of a rubber-duck capsized in the harbour mouth.The sea rescue craft Lotto Challenger was launched and our sea rescue vehicle and NSRI rescue swimmers responded to the beach and a Gardmed ambulance responded.On arrival on the scene the 2 males were found being swept towards the beach and bystanders assisted to wade them out of the water and the bystanders and our NSRI rescue swimmers assisted to recover the boat to the beach.The 2 males were checked by the Gardmed paramedics and following some treatment for shock and reassurance they required no further assistance.It appears that the boat may have been capsized by a wave.NSRI commend the many bystanders who came forward to assist at the scene.
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