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HOUT BAY:Sven Gussenhoven, NSRI Hout Bay duty coxswain, said:At 17h24, Saturday, 07th April, NSRI Hout Bay duty crew were activated to assist the 36 foot yacht Galileo, with 6 crew onboard, 3 men and 3 women, reporting their motor to be overheating after departing Hout Bay earlier headed to Cape Town and currently off-shore of Hout Bay after turning around and heading back towards Hout Bay when they had noticed their motor overheating.The sea rescue craft Nadine Gordimer and Albie Matthews were launched and we rendezvoused with the yacht between Vulcan Rock and The Sentinel, off-shore of Hout Bay.In windless conditions they we're using their motor which started to overheat forcing them to turn around.A towline was rigged and NSRI towed them to their moorings in Hout Bay harbour without incident and once safely moored no further assistance was required.The operation was completed at 19h19.WITSAND:Theo Erasmus, NSRI Witsand Port Beaufort station commander, said:At 00h30, Friday, 06 April, NSRI Witsand Port Beaufort were activated following reports of a red distress flare observed in the vicinity of the San Sebastion Bay.A search of the slip-way launching sites were conducted to see if there are any trailers parked that may indicate any craft not returned.The sea rescue craft Breede Rescuer was launched to conduct a sea search of the Bay area.Despite an extensive search of the Bay nothing was found and there remains no report of anyone or any craft overdue or missing.Breede Rescuer returned to base and the Station stood down during the early hours of the morning and the origin and the reasons for the red distress flare activation remains a mystery.RICHARDS BAY:Manie le Roux, NSRI Richards Bay deputy station commander, said:At 14h20, Friday, 06th April, NSRI Richards Bay duty crew were activated following reports of a boat capsized at Rooiwalle Beach with 2 men onboard.The sea rescue craft Spirit of Round Table II was launched and while responding to the scene it was confirmed that both men were safe ashore and they were arranging for the recovery of their 16 foot ski-boat Lucky Strike which was on the beach and no one was injured and no assistance was required.PLETTENBERG BAY:Robbie Gibson, NSRI Plettenberg Bay deputy station commander, said:At 13h33, Thursday, 05th April, NSRI Plettenberg Bay responded to Robberg Nature Reserve where a teenager girl, from Cape Town, age 18, was reported to be suffering a knee injury while hiking with family.A land rescue party responded to the Robberg Nature Reserve parking area and hiked to rendezvous with the casualty and the sea rescue craft Leonard Smith and Free Runner were launched and NSRI crew were put ashore at Wildside and met up with the casualty being attended to by NSRI medics who had hiked to the location.The right knee, suspected to be injured from strained ligaments possibly from a previous injury, was splinted and we assisted the patient to the sea rescue craft and transported the patient and her mom to our sea rescue station and she was transported to hospital by Medlife ambulance in a stable condition and no further assistance was required.The patient was released later from hospital with a knee brace support.
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