Reinard Geldenhuys, NSRI Agulhas station commander, said:
At 09h30, Saturday, 24th February, NSRI Agulhas duty crew were activated following a request for assistance from fishermen on a Chuckie fishing boat, Ahi, reporting their boat to be taking water in a deteriorating sea state 5 nautical miles from Struisbaai. We launched our sea rescue craft Spirit of Agulhas and on arrival on the scene we found the fishermen safe and we towed them to Struisbaai Harbour without incident.
Then at 14h00 the SA Police Services reported am injured woman at Struisbaai Harbour and WC Government Health EMS were activated. Our NSRI medics responded and treated an adult female for a fractured ankle sustained from a fall. The lady was stabilised and brought to the First Aid room at our rescue base where she was taken into the care of EMS paramedics and transported by EMS ambulance to hospital in a stable condition.
Geoff McGregor, NSRI East London station commander, said:
During the afternoon of Saturday, 24th February, NSRI East London were alerted by the Transnet National Ports Authority and then later by the Buffalo City Yacht Club of the lady French solo sailor, aboard the yacht Kaerou, requesting assistance to get into Port later on her arrival at the Port of East London as the yacht was experience motor failure. When the yacht was closer to Port at 20h26 the sea rescue craft Spirit of Lotto was launched and we rendezvoused with the yacht and towed the yacht into Port without incident.
Clifford Ireland, NSRI Durban station commander, said:
During Saturday, 24th February, while hosting an NSRI regional exercise involving our NSRI Durban and NSRI stations Richards Bay, Shelly Beach and Port Edward we were alerted by the TNPA (Transnet National Ports Authority) of a capsized ski-boat next to the Sugar Terminal in the path of a ship leaving Port.
While responding to that incident we came across a Hobie-Cat capsized in the path of a sailing vessel. We assisted the Hobie-Cat and moved her out of the way of the sailing vessel and the Royal Natal Yacht Club sent a race support tender craft to take over assisting the Hobie-Cat and her crew.
On arrival at the capsized ski-boat it was found that it was a capsized rubber-duck and the NSRI Richards Bay sea rescue craft Spirit of Richards Bay towed the rubber-duck to the Point Yacht Club without incident effectively doing a rescue operation 85 nautical miles from her home base. Once secured and recovered no further assistance was required.
Stephen Slade, NSRI Port Alfred station commander, said:
At 17h28, Saturday, 24th February, NSRI Port Alfred launched 2 sea rescue craft Lotto Challenger and Rescue 11 Alpha following credible eye-witness reports of 9 illuminating flares delpoyed at intervals coming from deep-sea off-shore of Port Alfred. An extensive search by NSRI Port Alfred well into the night including the assistance of Telkom Maritime Radio Services requesting assistance in a search and requesting any information that can assist in identifying the origin of the flares has revealed no signs of any craft, sea going vessels in any distress and the reason for the flares being deployed remains a mystery.
Jeremiah Jackson, NSRI Shelly Beach station commander, said:
At 04h30, Sunday, 25th February, NSRI Shelly Beach were called by a local security company and by the Police Search and Rescue at Margate Beach reporting a man entered the surf, believed to be a 30 year old local man. NSRI Shelly Beach and Police searched the area finding no sign of the man fitting the description given by eye-witnesses. Later Police confirmed that the man was found walking on a road towards Port Shepstone and he was taken into the care of paramedics and Police and taken to a hospital for care.
Norman Rautenbach, NSRI Richards Bay duty coxswain, said:
At 17h24, Saturday, 24th February, NSRI Richards Bay duty crew responded to the Umfolozi River following reports of children trapped by rising water from flooding. On arrival on the scene, NSRI rescue swimmers, Police K-9 Search and Rescue and Police divers, who had also responded. 2 children who had been trapped by rising flood waters were found safe and they were recovered and they were not injured.
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