Mike Vonk, NSRI Wilderness duty controller, said:
At 18h18, Saturday, 31st March, NSRI Wilderness, George Fire and Rescue Services, WC Government Health EMS and the SA Police Services responded to a remote location East of the Gwaing River Mouth following reports of an angler in the water and last seen drifting in a Westerly direction.
Fellow anglers suspect that the local 49 year old man fishing on rocks on the shoreline was washed off rocks by waves in the Spring High tide but no-one actually saw the man being swept off the rocks but he was seen in the water and drifting.
On arrival on the scene access to the remote area was hampered by darkness, steep inclines and a remote, barely accessible location, and a search revealed no sign of the missing man.
A search resumed from first light on Sunday including shore patrols and our sea rescue craft Spirit of Rotary engaged in a sea search and a Police Dive Unit are continuing in an ongoing search and recovery operation for the missing man.
Norman Rautenbach, NSRI Richards Bay duty coxswain, said:
At 06h42, Saturday, 31st March, NSRI Richards Bay duty crew launched the sea rescue craft Spirit of Round Table II and we dispatched our sea rescue vehicle to the Tugela River Mouth following reports of a Ski-Boat capsized with 2 men onboard.
While responding we were informed that the local boat River Beast had gone to the assistance of the casualty capsized boat Klijn Pikewyn and assisted both men and took their boat under tow and towed her to Zinkwazi Beach.
On our rescue vehicle arriving on the scene paramedics checked on the men and confirmed that both men were not injured and NSRI assisted to recover their boat.
The skipper of River Beast is commended for assisting the casualty boat.
At 10h36, Saturday, 31st March, NSRI Plettenberg Bay medical crew responded to a residence in Plettenberg Bay following a request for medical assistance for a 63 year old local female suffering a suspected Stroke (CVA).
Medical treatment was provided on the scene and a Medlife ambulance has transported the female to hospital in a stable condition.
Alan Meiklejohn, NSRI Gordon’s Bay station commander, said:
At 11h00, Saturday, 31st March, NSRI Gordon’s Bay responded aboard our sea rescue craft Jack & Irene and our Rescue Runner and the sea rescue vehicle was dispatched to the Steenbras River Bridge following a motorist reporting a boat capsized under the bridge.
GB Med Security ambulance services also responded.
On arrival on the scene we found 2 adult men in the water in the river struggling to get to land and next to their capsized commercial fishing ski-boat and both men then made it safely ashore and they were checked on by paramedics from GB Med and both were treated for minor cuts and bruises and both found to be in no need of further medical treatment.
Their partners arrived by vehicle and they transported the 2 men to our sea rescue station in Gordons Bay while our Rescue Runner towed the ski-boat out to sea where she was righted and then towed to Gordons Bay Harbour by our sea rescue craft Jack & Irene.
Once their boat was recovered no further assistance was required.
Mike Shaw, NSRI Mykonos duty controller, said:
At 13h36, Saturday, 31st March, NSRI Mykonos duty crew were activated to assist a family of 4 on boat experiencing mechanical motor problems South of Schaapen Island.
The sea rescue craft Gemini Rescuer II was launched.
On arrival on the scene the family, a husband and wife, both aged 45, and their 2 sons, 17 and 12, were found safe and we towed their boat to the Mykonos Marina without incident and no further assistance was required..