Robbie Gibson, NSRI Plettenberg Bay deputy station commander, said:
At 09h39, Sunday, 22nd April, NSRI Plettenberg Bay duty crew were activated following eye-witness reports of a man bumped off his paddle-ski (correction: surfski) at Robberg Beach, Plettenberg Bay, by a shark that appears to have breached from under the ski and biting a hole in the ski.
The sea rescue craft Ray Farnham and Airlink Rescuer were launched, our NSRI rescue vehicle, ER24 ambulance services, WC Government Health EMS and the AMS/EMS Skymed rescue helicopter responded.
On arrival on the scene we found a 33 year old local man safe ashore after a shark, reported to be approximately a 2.5 meter White shark, bit a hole underneath the hull of the man’s surfski while he was paddling.
Following the incident the man lost his balance and landed up in the water and he swam to shore climbing onto rocks and he was was not injured.
NSRI recovered his surfski from the water and the man was transported to Wreck beach, where his car was parked, aboard our sea rescue craft and he required no medical attention and no further assistance was required.
WC Government Health EMS and the AMS/EMS Skymed rescue helicopter were stood down prior to arriving on the scene.
NSRI urge bathers and paddlers to be alert, particularly at this time of the year, where it is known that sharks tend to come closer in-shore to feed as part of their natural feeding habits.
Ian Klopper, NSRI Kommetjie station commander, said:
At 10h02, Sunday, 22nd April, NSRI Kommetjie duty crew were alerted following reports from Police of an adult male who had reported to a local Police Station that he and a 22 year old local man were fishing during the night when their canoe capsized and the 22 year old man had failed to come ashore and is suspected to be missing in the sea close inshore at Soetwater.
NSRI Kommetjie launched the sea rescue craft Spirit of the Vines and Ilbattello, and an NSRI rescue vehicle and NSRI rescue swimmers, the NSRI Hout Bay sea rescue craft Nadine Gordimer and Albie Matthews, Cape Town Fire and Rescue Services and a Fire and Rescue Services dive unit, WC Government Health EMS, the AMS/EMS Skymed rescue helicopter and the SA Police Services responded.
On arrival on the scene an extensive sea, air and shoreline search, including 4 sea rescue craft, the Skymed helicopter conducting sea and air search patterns and Fire divers and NSRI rescue swimmers conducting free-dive sweeping line search in the water, has revealed no sign of the missing fisherman.
Police have opened an investigation and a Police Dive Unit are continuing in an ongoing search operation.
Sven Gussenhoven, NSRI Hout Bay duty coxswain, said:
At 14h40, Sunday, 22nd April, NSRI Hout Bay duty crew, during a routine exercise, were diverted to assist a 23 year old female, from Grassy Park, capsized on a sailing dinghy and injured during a local sailing regatta in the Bay of Hout Bay.
The sea rescue craft Nadine Gordimer and Albie Matthews responded and Hout Bay volunteer EMS, Community Medics and the WC Government Health EMS responded.
On arrival on the scene in the Bay the patient was transferred onto our sea rescue craft and treated for hypothermia and back pain.
We transported her into Hout Bay harbour aboard our sea rescue craft and she has been transported to hospital in a stable condition.
The skipper of the sailing dinghy, a young man, was towed with his sailing dinghy by the regatta stand by boat Polytech and once safely ashore he required no further assistance.
PORT ST JOHNS:
John Costello, NSRI Port St Johns station commander, said:
On Friday, 20th April, at 13h40, NSRI Auxiliary station Port St Johns responded in our NSRI rescue vehicle to Poenskop, some 15 kilometers from Port St Johns, on the coastline where a lady hiker had sustained injuries to both her ankles and a suspected fracture of the Tibula/Fibula after slipping and falling while hiking with a group of hikers.
On arrival on the scene medical attention was provided using our NSRI medical equipment.
Considering the difficult terrain that would have been necessary to drive through to get the patient out of the barely accessible area NSRI sought the assistance of the SA Air Force who have Oryx helicopters in the area conducting exercises and the SA Air Force offered assistance dispatching an SA Air Force Oryx helicopter which landed on the beach nearby and providing an SA National Defence Force doctor to assist NSRI in stabilising the patient.
The patient was airlifted by the SA Air Force to Port St Johns and she has been transported to hospital by ambulance in a stable condition.
NSRI thank the SA Air Force and the SA National Defence Force for their assistance.
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