ST FRANCIS BAY:
Sara Smith, NSRI St Francis Bay station commander, said:
NSRI are saddened and have expressed sincerest condolences to family and colleagues of a fisherman who has died.
On Sunday, 25th February, at midday, NSRI St Francis Bay duty crew were activated and the sea rescue craft Spirit of St Francis II was launched and we rendezvoused with the Chokka fishing boat Michelle off-shore of Thyspunt and our NSRI paramedic and NSRI medics treated a 61 year old local fisherman suffering hyperglycaemia and he was brought to the Port of St Francis aboard our sea rescue craft and transported to hospital by Private Care ambulance in a stable condition and sadly he has since passed away.
On Tuesday, 27th February, NSRI St Francis Bay duty crew were activated at 08h19 following reports of a jet-ski drifting off-shore of Shark Point with motor mechanical failure.
The sea rescue craft Spirit of St Francis II responded and a Northern Cape man, on holiday in Jeffreys Bay and out fishing from his jet-ski, was found safe and we have towed him to the Port of St Francis without incident and no further assistance was required.
Alan Meiklejohn, NSRI Gordon’s Bay station commander, said:
At 12h20, Sunday, 25th February, NSRI Gordon’s Bay duty crew launched the sea rescue craft Jack & Irene, Spirit of Surfski and the rescue runner Boetie Woltemade following eye-witness reports of two swimmers appearing to be in difficulty off-shore of Harbour Island.
NSRI shore crew, Gordon’s Bay Neighbourhood Watch and GB Med Security and Ambulance Services responded to search from the shoreline.
Despite an extensive search no sign of any swimmers in difficulty were found.
We suspect that the swimmers may have been divers who are known to free dive at the Reef off-shore searching for abandoned fishing sinkers but no reports of anyone missing or overdue it remains unknown.
We commend Neighbourhood Watch and our colleagues from GB Med Security and Ambulance Services for their assistance.
On Tuesday, 27th February, at 07h19, NSRI Gordon’s Bay duty crew responded aboard our sea rescue craft Spirit of Surfski to assist a boat with 4 crew onboard, 3 males and a female, fishing off-shore of Rooi Els and they had requested assistance reporting motor mechanical failure.
Our NSRI rescue vehicle also responded.
On arrival on the scene the Crayfish Bakkie (small open fishing boat) was taken under tow and they were towed without incident to Gordon’s Bay Harbour and no further assistance was required.
WITSAND PORT BEAUFORT:
Theo Erasmus, NSRI Witsand Port Beaufort station commander, said:
On Monday 26 February, at 15h20 NSRI Witsand Port Beaufort were activated following reports of a light delivery vehicle involved in an accident close to our NSRI base.
NSRI medical crew were dispatched in our rescue vehicle.
On arrival on the scene an LDV belonging to a local 53 year old man was found partly off the road and in bushes next to the river.
The vehicle was secured using a rope and the sea rescue mobile.
The 53 year old local resident was found to be lying face down in the bushes partly outside his vehicle.
He was placed on a spinal board and was extricated where he was stabilised by our NSRI medics.
We found his arm to be dislocated.
WC Government Health EMS was activated.
The man has been transported by EMS ambulance to a local hospital for further treatment
Marc Rodgers, NSRI Plettenberg Bay station commander, said:
At 13h51, Tuesday, 27th February, NSRI Plettenberg Bay duty crew were activated to respond to Robberg Nature Reserve hiking trail, at The Point, following reports of a 29 year old female from Brazil suffering a fractured leg sustained in a fall while hiking.
The sea rescue craft Leonard Smith was launched with NSRI medical crew and NSRI medical crew, Mountain Club of South Africa Garden Route Division, Medlife ambulance services and WC Government Health EMS responded from the land side.
The AMS/EMS Skymed rescue helicopter was placed on alert.
On arrival on the scene NSRI medical crew were deployed from the boat and they hiked to the location and a female suffering a fractured Right Ankle, suspected Tibula and Fibula fracture, was stabilised.
Additional medical crew hiked from the car park and joined us on the scene.
The patient was secured into a stretcher and hiked to the shoreline where we loaded her into the sea rescue craft she was transported to our sea rescue base aboard our sea rescue craft and transported to hospital by ambulance in a stable condition.
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