Arrie Combrinck, NSRI Still Bay station commander, said:
At 17h00, Friday, 19th January, NSRI Still Bay duty crew were alerted following reports of a teenager suspected to be missing in the Goukou River about 800 meters upstream from the river mouth.
We launched the sea rescue craft Spirit of St Francis and our NSRI rescue swimmers and the SA Police Services responded.
A 16 year old male is suspected to have last been seen at around midday while swimming in the river and only later friends and fellow learners from a local school noticed him to be missing and no longer visible in the water and they had raised the alarm.
An extensive search, joined by a Police Dive Unit, has revealed no sign of the teenager and a Police Dive Unit will take over a search operation and NSRI Still Bay duty crew will assist Police divers in the ongoing search.
Police have opened an investigation and family are being supported.
Marc de Vos, NSRI Table Bay coxswain, said:
At 16h24, Friday, 19th January, NSRI Table Bay were alerted by WC Government Health EMS of a patient suffering a suspected Stroke (Cerebro Vascular Accident) at Robben Island.
The Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) activated NSRI Table Bay duty crew and the sea rescue craft Spirit of Vodacom was launched accompanied by a WC Government Health EMS rescue paramedic.
A nurse and staff at Robben Island reported to have the patient, a 26 year old man, from Mitchell’s Plein, in their care and reported him to be in a stable condition.
On arrival on the scene at Murray’s Bay Harbour the patient was taken aboard the sea rescue craft and in the care of the EMS rescue paramedic and assisted by our NSRI medics the patient was treated for a suspected CVA and accompanied by his brother.
On arrival at the Port of Table Bay the patient was transported to hospital by an EMS ambulance and he is in a stable condition.
Bruce Bodmer, NSRI Hout Bay duty coxswain, said:
At 17h05, Friday, 19th January, NSRI Hout Bay were requested to investigate reports of a yacht appearing to be in difficulty in the Bay of Hout Bay, below Chapmans Peak.
A tourist along Chapmans Peak Drive, who is himself a sailor, had noticed the yacht appearing to be in trouble off-shore in Hout Bay and he raised the alarm.
NSRI contacted the yacht on Marine VHF emergency radio and the crew, a husband and wife, aged in their 50’s, from London, last Port of call East London on the Eastern Cape Coast and before that last Port of call in the United Kingdom reported to be struggling against the wind and although at anchor off-shore of the Tintswalo Lodge they were not keen to spend the night at sea and at anchor in the gusting to 50 knot South Easterly winds and rough sea conditions.
Our NSRI Hout Bay duty crew launched the sea rescue craft Nadine Gordimer and Albie Matthews and on arrival on the scene in difficult conditions with gusting to gale force winds and heavy and rough choppy seas NSRI rescue crew were put aboard the yacht to assist the casualty crew.
A towline was rigged and the yacht’s anchor was raised and our 2 sea rescue craft were able to bring the casualty yacht, Jackster, into Hout Bay harbour without incident despite very trying conditions.
We berthed the yacht in the fishing harbour near to the Ice Tower and once safely berthed no further assistance was required.
When the wind subsides they will be assisted by Hout bay Yacht Club to berth in the Yachting Marina.
The couple are in their ninth year of a round the world voyage.
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