Alan Meiklejohn, NSRI Gordons Bay station commander, said:
At 10h33 on Saturday the 2nd of December, NSRI Gordons Bay duty crew were activated by the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) following reports of a boat capsized at Rooi Els.
We dispatched our sea rescue vehicle.
Earlier we had been informed that a local boat was towing a Jet-Boat to the Rooi Els slip way.
It appears that on approaching the slip-way the tow-line was dropped causing the jet boat, with 3 family members onboard (a Grandad, his Son and his Grandson), to drift into the surf-line and capsize.
Members of the public assisted them to right the boat in shallow surf and on our arrival on the scene we used our hydraulic winch to pull their boat up the beach and out of the Spring Tide high water mark. We transported Grandad to Gordons Bay to fetch his car and trailer which returned to the scene to recover the boat and no further assistance was required.
The Jet-boat originally had crayfish nets caught in one motor, causing motor failure, and the second motor seized after a jet-flap came loose. A local boat went to their assistance and towed them to Rooi Els where the boat then capsized.
On Sunday the 3rd of December, at 05h49, NSRI Gordons Bay duty crew launched our sea rescue craft Jack & Irene to take fuel to the yacht Bavaria reporting to have run out of fuel while trying all night to get in to Harbour Island harbour against unfavourable winds.
With 3 adult men onboard on arrival on the scene 5 nautical miles off The Point, fuel was delivered and they required no further assistance.
Dense fog set in during the operation.
Ian Klopper, NSRI Kommetjie station commander, said:
At 14h16 on Sundaythe 3rd of December, NSRI Kommetjie duty crew were activated following reports of a woman injured after their 4.9 meter rubber-duck hit a wave causing her to injure her lower back.
We dispatched NSRI medics to the Kommetjie slip-way where we met the boat and stabilised her on board. CMR (Cape Medical Response) were activated.
Additional NSRI crew on our NSRI rescue vehicle and Quad Bike brought our spinal immobilisation gear to the slipway and we secured the 36 year old woman, from Diep River, onto the spinal immobilisation gear and brought her off the boat.
On the arrival on the scene of CMR the patient was taken into the care of CMR paramedics and a CMR ambulance has transported her to hospital in a stable condition.
Marc Rodgers, NSRI Plettenberg Bay station commander, said:
At 11h41 on Sunday the 3rd of December, NSRI Plettenberg Bay duty crew were activated following reports of a drowning in progress at Hobie Beach, Plettenberg Bay.
Cameron Badenhorst, a 6 year old local child, noticed the drowning in progress happening in the surf in front of the lifeguard tower and he ran to our nearby NSRI sea rescue base to alert NSRI, who dispatched rescue swimmers to the scene and alerted the lifeguard.
On arrival on the scene we found members of the public and a lifeguard assisting 3 children out of the water and our sea rescue swimmers assisted getting the children out of the water. They were placed on oxygen and treated for non-fatal drowning symptoms by NSRI medics and Med-Life ambulance services were activated.
The male casualties, 2 of them aged 9, and an 11 year old, have been transported to hospital by Med-Life ambulance in stable conditions for further treatment and for observation and they are expected to fully recover.
The children had been swept out to sea by rip currents.
Cameron’s quick reaction in alerting us, and the members of the public that assisted, are commended for their actions.
Yesterday, Saturday the 2nd of December, at 18h17, NSRI Plettenberg Bay duty crew launched the sea rescue craft Ray Farnham and Airlink Rescuer to assist a boat that had broken her moorings and was swept out the river mouth.
At first it was suspected that there were people on the boat but on arrival on the scene we confirmed that there was no one onboard and the boat was towed to her mooring and re-moored without incident.
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