Ian Gray, NSRI Port Elizabeth station commander, said:
At 19h20, Saturday, 27th January, NSRI Port Elizabeth duty crew were activated to assist at a Monrovia registered ship Blue Marlin One, at anchorage off-shore of the Port of Ngqura, following reports of a man overboard.
A male, reported to be a local 43 year old man and a Sherriff of the Court had been transported to the ship by a Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) Pilot Boat where while boarding the ship he had reportedly fallen into the water before being rescued by the ships crew and reports of CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) efforts in progress were received.
NSRI Port Elizabeth crew accompanied by an EC Government Health EMS rescue were transported to the ship by a TNPA Pilot Boat and despite extensive CPR efforts the man has sadly been declared deceased.
The ship has been brought into Port where Police have opened an inquest docket and the body of the deceased man has been taken into the care of the Forensic Pathology Services.
Condolences are conveyed to family, friends and colleagues.
WITSAND, PORT BEAUFORT:
Theo Erasmus, NSRI Witsand Port Beaufort station commander, said:
At 08h55, Sunday, 28th January, NSRI was informed by a local resident that a 65 year old female had collapsed at a local church during the church service.
Our NSRI medics responded and on arrival they found a local female semi-conscious.
The patient was stabilised by our NSRI medics and WC Government Health EMS ambulance arrived on the scene and the patient was taken into the care of paramedics and in a stable condition she has been transported to hospital by EMS ambulance for further medical care at a local hospital.
Then at 14h25 NSRI Witsand, Port beaufort was informed of a field ablaze next to the Breede River below the local River Breeze restaurant.
In a force 5 South Easterly wind blowing there were concerns for the Restaurant’s buildings down wind of the fire.
Hessequa Disaster Management was informed and they dispatched a fire fighting team to River Breeze restaurant.
During a scene assessment it was determined that it will be easier to extinguish the fire from the river as access from land was limited.
Our sea rescue craft Breede Rescuer was launched with fire fighting equipment and a pump.
The blaze was extinguished by pumping water from the river with our extrication pump and spraying water onto the fire with our fire fighting equipment.
The fire may have been caused by a group of alleged unauthorised campers during the night who left smouldering embers believed to have fanned flames when the wind started blowing re-igniting and causing the fire.