Hillegard Holthauzen, NSRI Richards Bay duty controller, said:
At 23h00, Thursday, 31st May, NSRI Richards Bay duty crew were alerted by public members of a red distress flare sighted off Mtunzini Main Beach.
NSRI crew investigated, checking outstanding ski boats at Richards Bay and Mtunzini boat clubs and a empty boat trailer was found at Mtunzini
The trailer was unmarked but we managed to get contact details and a phone number from Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife rangers at the gate for the skipper and vessel name.
We were unable to make contact with the skipper via VHF Marine radio communications or by cell phone. We managed to get the skipper’s wife contact number and she confirmed that they were fishing off Mtunzini
The sea rescue craft Spirit of Richards Bay was launched to investigate if the crew on the boat related to the red distress flare.
Following a search off-shore of Mtunzini Mouth at 02h00 the fisherman on their boat were found fishing 2 nautical miles off-shore
The skipper confirmed that everything was OK and they had only been monitoring Marine VHF channel 11 and that their cell phone battery was almost flat but they had not seen or set off a red distress flare.
NSRI returned to Port and the operation was completed at 04h00 and the red distress flare activation remains a mystery.
Lyall Pringle, NSRI Hout Bay station commander, said:
On Friday, 01 June, at 11h26, NSRI Hout Bay investigated reports of a swimmer suspected to be in difficulty off-shore of Hout Bay Beach.
On NSRI rescue swimmers arriving a female was found swimming behind breaker line and 2 surfers volunteered to go to investigate but on their arriving at the female she confirmed that she was just going for a swim and she declined assistance but she did swim back to shore where she was met by NSRI and she confirmed that this is a regular activity for her and she required no assistance.
On Sunday, 03 June, at 09h00, NSRI intercepted communications from local Security Watch Con, Hout Bay, of a female injured while hiking on Rocket Road, Llandudno.
NSRI offered to assist and a Sea Rescue vehicle was dispatched with a medical crew and on arrival on the scene we found a 63 year old female had been knocked over by a group of dogs that were on a morning walk with their owner and the patient suffered an injured leg.
NSRI medics treated the female and then transported her out of the area to her husband in Hout Bay and her husband has transported her to hospital for further treatment.
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Casper Frylinck, NSRI Mykonos station commander, said:
At 11h35, Saturday, 02 June, NSRI Mykonos dispatched NSRI crew who were in the area at the time to investigate reports made to Police of a boat sinking at moorings in the St Helena Bay harbour.
Police and the NSRI crew found the fishing boat Harrier with her crew pumping water from the boat at her mooring in the harbour and the crew had requested an extra water pump from the local Municipality and they had the situation under control and required no additional assistance.
Marc Rodgers, NSRI Plettenberg Bay station commander, said:
At 08h22, Saturday, 02 June, NSRI medics responded to the Boardwalk at Solar Beach where a cyclist had fallen while cycling causing a suspected fracture to his left arm.
Our NSRI medics attended to the patient who was stabilised and taken to MediClinic for further treatment.
TO REPORT A SEA RESCUE EMERGENCY DIAL 112 FROM A CELLPHONE