Alan Meiklejohn, NSRI Gordons Bay station commander, said:
At 16h18 on Saturday the 28th of July, NSRI Gordons Bay launched the sea rescue craft Spirit of Surfski and NSRI shore crew responded in our sea rescue vehicle after cooler boxes and a cap were sighted floating off Strand.
The cooler boxes were found to contain frozen bait fish and a search commenced to rule out any possibility of a fisherman in trouble. Despite an extensive search no sign of anyone in any difficulty was found and there are no reports of anyone overdue or missing.
It may be that the cooler boxes were washed out to sea because of the spring tide. We hope that the fisherman will claim his cap and cooler boxes that were recovered. If they are yours call Andrew on 082 990 5977 during office hours.
Mike Vonk, NSRI Wilderness deputy station commander, said:
At 15h50 on Saturday the 28th of July NSRI Wilderness, SAPS Dive unit and Forensic Pathology Services were activated to a person in difficulty at Groenvlei beach, Sedgefield.
The first Sea Rescue crew on-scene reported that a 49 year old man from George was safely out of the water. He had been kite boarding with three friends when he dropped his kite into the water and was unable to launch it again. He could not get back to the beach because of a strong rip current. Two of his friends noticed that the 49 year old man was no longer with them and turned around from their intended trip to Myoli beach to find him. The casualty was wearing an impact vest which helped him stay afloat until his friend could assist him out of the current and back to the beach. At the same time a bystander and one of the kite boarders entered the water with one of Sea Rescue’s Pink Rescue Buoys to help.
Sea Rescue encourages all small craft users to always wear a lifejacket or Personal Flotation Device (PFD) and to use the NSRI’s free cell phone app Safetrx http://www.nsri.org.za/safetrx/ to track their trip and to activate rescue if needed. Always practice your sport in a group, look out for each other and have a fully charged cell phone in a waterproof pouch. As a back up water users should consider using a device such as a ResTube https://shop.searescue.org.za/products/restube-swim-class
Rieghard Jansen van Rensburg, NSRI Jeffreys Bay station commander, said:
At 04h10 on Sunday the 29th of July, NSRI Jeffreys Bay duty crew were activated following a request for medical assistance from the Chokka fishing boat Silver Taurus reporting that a 45 year old crewman was suffering from stomach cramps.
The sea rescue craft Eddie Beaumont was launched and rendezvoused with the casualty boat 3.5 nautical miles East of Jeffreys Bay.
The patient, in a stable condition, was taken onboard our sea rescue craft and brought to shore. An EC Government Health EMS ambulance was summoned and they transported the patient to hospital by EMS ambulance for further treatment.
Deon Langenhoven, NSRI Hermanus station commander, said:
At 11h20 on Sunday the 29th of July, NSRI Hermanus duty crew launched the sea rescue craft South Star and the sea rescue craft Jaytee III was towed and launched at Betty’s Bay to assist the Overberg Municipality with an 8 meter Humpback whale carcass drifting off Betty’s Bay.
We towed the whale carcass to a remote stretch of the coast between Hawston and Kleinmond and released the carcass in shallow surf. Overberg Municipality will monitor the whale carcass which is expected to wash ashore and will arrange for the carcass be disposed of.
Pictures by Sea Rescue Hermanus are available on Sea Rescue’s Flickr page https://www.flickr.com/photos/searescue/