Fatality after man falls out boat – Shelly Beach.
2 men rescued after boat capsizes – Cape St Francis.
NSRI volunteer assists in medical emergency aboard an International flight – Kommetjie.
NSRI assist Civil Aviation Authority to recover plane ditched in river – Still Bay.:
Jeremiah Jackson, NSRI Shelly Beach station commander, said:
At 08h15, Tuesday, 12th June, NSRI Shelly Beach duty crew were activated by the Shelly Beach Control after a man fell out of a boat exiting to go to sea through the surfline.
It appears that 3 men were on the motor boat Grobbies which may have taken a wave causing one of the crew, a male, to be thrown from the boat into the surf.
We believe bystanders were able to recover the man from the water while the casualty boat was able to turn around and beach.
NSRI crew responded and KZN Private ambulance services, Hibiscus Med-evac ambulance services, Police Search and Rescue, the SA Police Services, Natal Sharks Board members, Shelly Beach Protection Services responded and Shelly Beach Control, local charter boat personnel and bystanders assisted.
On arrival on the scene the man, believed to be aged in his 60’s, was found on the beach and sadly despite extensive CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) efforts conducted by paramedics the man was declared deceased after all efforts to resuscitate him were exhausted.
Police have opened an inquest docket.
Condolences are conveyed to family of the deceased man, his friends and the local boating community.
NSRI urge boaters and anyone launching any kind of craft onto water to wear life-jackets while their craft is underway on water.
CAPE ST FRANCIS:
Sarah Smith, NSRI St Francis Bay station commander, said:
Just before 10h00, Tuesday, 12th June, NSRI St Francis Bay duty crew were activated following eye-witness reports of a boat capsized almost a nautical mile off-shore of the Krom River Mouth.
NSRI rescue swimmers responded directly to the scene while our sea rescue craft Spirit of St Francis II and Rescue 21 Alpha were launched.
EC Government Health EMS were activated and responded.
On arrival on the scene we found that a crew aboard a local rubber duck had rescued 2 men who they found in the water at the capsized boat Nemo a nautical mile off-shore and they had brought both men, aged 40 and 46, to the beach.
It appears that while fishing from their boat a wave is suspected to have capsized their boat. They had been in the water for at least an hour and a half before eye-witnesses on the beach noticed the boat adrift at sea and raised the alarm.
NSRI used our Rescue Runner to bring both men to the NSRI rescue craft and they were both brought to our sea rescue base where EMS paramedics attended to the men for minor injuries, shock and mild hypothermia but they declined being transported to hospital and they were advised on precautions for non-fatal drowning symptoms.
They are expecting that the tide washes their capsized boat ashore to be recovered.
NSRI commend the rescue effort by the crew of the private rubber-duck.
Ian Klopper, NSRI Kommetjie station commander, said:
An NSRI Kommetjie crewman, onboard an International flight that departed from Cape Town, about 7 hours into the flight, flight crew called for a doctor using their in-flight public address system.
Our NSRI Kommetjie coxswain Johnathan Bakker approached flight crew and on confirming that he was an NSRI Sea Rescue crewman with a Level 3 First Aid qualification they led him to assist a female passenger believed to be aged in her 50’s that Johnathan diagnosed to be suffering a suspected Heart Attack.
Johnathan summoned flight crew to bring him their onboard AED (Automatic External Defibrillator) and he placed the defibrillator pads to the ladies chest when a passenger who is a doctor approached and he assisted in the medical treatment of the female.
The AED indicated that a shock was required and on the AED delivering a chest electrical shock the patients heart rythm returned to normal.
The doctor continued with medical treatment and monitoring the patient during the flight and we believe she was taken into the care of paramedics on landing.
NSRI commend the actions of Johnathan who acted in the true tradition of an NSRI volunteer irrespective where in the world we are.
Arrie Combrinck, NSRI Still Bay station commander, said:
At 13h03, Tuesday, 12th June, NSRI Still Bay duty crew were activated following reports of a light aircraft ditched in the Goukou River, just North of the bridge at Juliesebaai.
The SA Police Services, WC Government Health EMS and EMS rescue squad, Local Municipality staff responded.
Disaster Risk Management were placed on alert.
On arrival on the scene the 2 crew of a Mohawk Light Aircraft were both safely ashore and not injured after they were able to exit the aircraft after landing in the river and they waded ashore into the care of bystanders.
They are a 48 year old man and his 16 year old daughter.
On consultation with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) NSRI were requested to assist to remove the aircraft from the water and the NSRI sea rescue craft Colorpress Rescuer II was used together with a local private rubber-duck and a local private man’s 4×4 vehicle.
The aircraft has been removed from the water and CAA are investigating.
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