NSRI’s Daniel Heimann said:
At 07h16, Thursday, 18th January, NSRI Bakoven and NSRI Table Bay duty crew were activated by the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) following reports from multiple eye-witnesses of 2 paddlers appearing to be in difficulty on a double sea-kayak off-shore of the Sea Point swimming pool.
NSRI Bakoven and NSRI Table Bay duty crews responded to their bases to prepare to launch sea rescue craft and NSRI shore crew responded to the Sea Point Pavilion to confirm the reports.
WC Government Health EMS, Cape Town Fire and Rescue Services and ER24 ambulance services were alerted.
NSRI Headquarters staff, arriving at our Head Office in Three Anchor Bay for work, were alerted and training instructors (Daniel Heimann and Bianca van Zyl) towed the sea rescue craft Loved 1’s 24.: which we launched at the Three Anchor Bay slip-way.
Arriving on the scene, 50 meters off-shore, following a brief search we found two local adult men in the water holding onto their craft and both men were rescued onto the sea rescue craft and their craft was recovered.
It appears that they had fallen out of the craft while paddling and were not able to both get back into the craft and it appeared that they were attempting to swim towards shore using the craft as floatation.
They were brought aboard our sea rescue craft to the Three Anchor Bay slip-way, where they had launched from earlier, and we were met by NSRI crew and by ER24 paramedics and both men, not injured, required no further assistance.
ST HELENA BAY:
Pierre Jacobs, NSRI Mykonos duty coxswain, said:
NSRI Mykonos duty crew were alerted at 08h58, Thursday, 18th January, following a request for medical assistance from the oil tanker Pan Joy, off-shore of St Helena Bay, reporting a 26 year old Taiwanese crewman onboard suffering a skin infection and requiring a visit to a doctor.
Our duty crew towed the sea rescue craft Gemini Rescuer II to St Helena Bay where we launched at 11h00 and we rendezvoused with the ship 8 nautical miles off-shore.
The casualty was transferred onto our sea rescue craft and he was brought to shore aboard our sea rescue craft in a stable condition and without incident.
The ships agent has taken the crewman to see a doctor and no further NSRI assistance was required.
TO REPORT A SEA RESCUE EMERGENCY DIAL 112 FROM A CELLPHONE