NSRI are urging public caution around the coast in light of the Full Moon Spring Tide that peaks today, Saturday, 28th July.
The Spring Tide Alert lasts into the middle of the coming week.
The full moon Spring Tide brings a higher than normal high tide, a lower than normal low tide and stronger than normal rip currents.
Anglers fishing along the coast, bathers, beach walkers and coastal hikers are are urged to be cautious.
We urge parents to ensure children have responsible adult supervision around water.
Andre Fraser, NSRI Mossel Bay station commander, said:
At 17h44, Friday, 27th July, NSRI Mossel Bay duty crew were activated following a request for assistance from the 13 meter fishing trawler Vuna Imbongi reporting to be grounding at Dias Beach with 7 crew onboard.
The sea rescue craft Rescue 15 and St Blaze Rescuer were launched and our NSRI rescue vehicle responded.
On arrival on the scene the casualty trawler was found in shallow surf beached at Dias Beach in calm seas.
To prevent the trawler from tipping over a tow-line was rigged and we held the trawler in the surf, preventing her from drifting closer to the beach, pending the arrival of a Transnet National Port Authority (TNPA) tug boat activated to try to pull the casualty trawler off the shallow sand.
NSRI rescue swimmers were put aboard the trawler and all crew of the casualty trawler were found safe and unharmed.
Prior to the arrival of the TNPA tug, in a rising Spring tide, our NSRI sea rescue craft was able to pull the trawler out to sea to deeper water and once in deep water the towline was released and the trawler continued on her way and no further assistance was required.
SAMSA (South African Maritime Safety Authority) are investigating the cause of the fishing trawler running aground.
John Nicholas, NSRI Port Edward station commander, said:
At 22h30, Wednesday, 25th July, NSRI Port Edward medics responded to a residence in Port Edward following a request for medical assistance.
Hibiscus Medevac ambulance services also responded.
On arrival on the scene CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) efforts were commenced on a 55 year old female collapsed from a suspected heart attack.
Sadly after all efforts to resuscitate the female were exhausted she was declared deceased by paramedics.
Funeral Services were arranged and Condolences are extended to family and friends.