Jeremiah Jackson, NSRI Shelly Beach station commander, said:
At 05h30, Sunday, 04th March, NSRI Shelly Beach duty crew, SA Police Services Search and Rescue and Medivac ambulance services searched at Margate Pier where a 34 year old Eastern Cape man is reported to have drowned.
An extensive search revealed no sign of the missing man and Police are continuing an ongoing search operation and an investigation has been opened.
At 11h47, NSRI Shelly Beach duty crew were activated following reports from Shelly Beach Control of the fishing charter boat Lucky Sands suffering motor mechanical failure of one motor off of Shelly Beach.
The sea rescue craft Shelly Spirit was launched and ferried 8 crew to shore from the casualty craft.
The sea rescue craft Spirit of Dawn was prepared to be launched to assist but after all 8 crew from the casualty craft were safely brought ashore, the casualty vessel was able to beach on one motor unassisted and once safely ashore no further assistance was required.
PICTURE ATTACHED: By NSRI Shelly Beach. The sea rescue craft Shelly Spirit being launched today
Ian Klopper, NSRI Kommetjie station commander, said:
At 14h55, Sunday, 04th February, NSRI Kommetjie crew assisted at Lake Michelle, Noordhoek, with the NSRI Kommetjie fire pump to assist Cape Town Fire and Rescue Services to fight a vegetation fire.
Working on Fire helicopters arrived and NSRI remained on stand-by at a post where the helicopters re-charged water.
NSRI Kommetjie crew returned to base at 18h00 no longer required on the scene.
Rowan Marais, NSRI Melkbosstrand coxswain, said
At 17h30, Sunday, 04th March, NSRI Melkbosstrand duty crew responded to Dolphin Beach to join Blouberg Surf Lifesaving lifeguards who had initiated a search following kite-boarders reporting seeing a suspected body floating in the water and other eye-witnesses reporting a suspected man in a wet-suit in difficulty in the water.
No sign of anyone in difficulty was found and later Blouberg Surf Lifesaving lifeguards confirmed that they had initiated CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) efforts on an unidentified man that 3 kite-boarders had recovered floating off Blouberg Beach, Table View. The kite-boarders had brought the man ashore where the lifeguards started CPR and raised the alarm.
NSRI Melkbosstrand, ER24 ambulance services, the SA Police Services, Life Healthcare response paramedics, SA Paramedic Services, Community Medics and local Neighbourhood watch responded to join the Blouberg Surf Lifesaving lifeguards at Blouberg Beach.
On arrival on the scene it was confirmed that an adult male had been witnessed floating face down in the water at Blouberg Beach, Table View. He is believed to be mid 30’s. His body was recovered from the water by the 3 Kite-Boarders and was brought ashore where Blouberg lifeguards initiated CPR and paramedics joined the lifeguards with CPR efforts.
Sadly after all efforts to resuscitate him were exhausted, he was declared deceased by paramedics.
His body is in the care of the Police and Forensic Pathology Services.
It appears he may have entered the water at Dolphin Beach, and after getting into difficulty, floated to where he was recovered at Blouberg Beach, table View.
Police have opened an inquest docket.
TO REPORT A SEA RESCUE EMERGENCY DIAL 112 FROM A CELLPHONE