Donate Call for Help Now Find a Base

NSRI EMERGENCY
OPERATION CENTRE (EOC)

087 094 9774
On Friday afternoon, 29th June, NSRI Wilderness duty crew were alerted to a whale beaching at Sedgefield Beach, between the Swartvlei River Mouth and Sedgefield Beach.The NSRI Montagu Property Quad Bike with NSRI rescue swimmers was dispatched and SA National Park (SANParks) rangers, Cape Nature members, and Marine Authorities were alerted and officials attended the scene.The whale, an 8.83 meter juvenile Humpback whale was found in shallow surf and efforts to reach the whale were too dangerous due to the whale thrashing around in shallow surf.It was hoped that the Spring high tide would offer relief and although it appeared at Spring high tide that the whale would use the Spring high tide to return to sea sadly the whale beached and died.Marine authorities have taken samples and the whale carcass will be disposed in an operation by Municipal Authorities and SANParks.Local Municipal Authorities and NSRI are urging the public to be cautious in the area along that stretch of the Southern Cape coastline between Plettenberg Bay and Mossel Bay as the whale carcass will most likely attract increased shark activity in the area.Lifeguards on-duty during the Vacation period at Sedgefield's Swartvlei Beach and at Myoli Beach have also been alerted to the possible increased shark activity expected in the area and to caution bathers accordingly.Public concern at the scene on Friday and Saturday was greatly appreciated.
TO REPORT A SEA RESCUE EMERGENCY DIAL 112 FROM A CELLPHONE
Share
Next Article

Weekend National Incidents

Read More

You may also like

Nsri metropolitan 824x572
FUNDRAISING  | Published: 16 May 2022

Grateful thanks to Metropolitan

Recent Platinum Partner Metropolitan Health Group has lent its support to the NSRI’s Water Safety programme. ...

April Smitswinkel Thumb
RESCUES  | Published: 16 May 2022

Youngster directs rescue vessel to casualty

Thanks to the keen eyes of a nine-year-old boy, the NSRI was able to locate two paddlers who got into difficulty offshore of Smitswinkelbaai. ...

April Sharkbite Thumb
EDUCATION  | Published: 16 May 2022

More about the NSRI’s shark-bite kits

Shark-bite kits are strategically placed at beach access points for use in the case of emergencies. We find out more about when they were introduced and how they can be used. ...