Juan Pretorius, NSRI Port Alfred station commander, said:
At 14h36, Monday, 13th August, NSRI Port Alfred duty crew were activated following a request for assistance from the 5 meter ski-boat E-JAY, with 3 local male crew onboard, reporting motor mechanical failure and one motor reported to be on fire, in big sea swells 2 nautical miles off-shore of Port Alfred.
The sea rescue craft Lotto Challenger and Rescue 11 Alpha were launched accompanied by a boat motor mechanic and on arrival on the scene the motor was no longer on fire and the 3 crew, who had been fishing were safe.
Attempts were made to repair the motor but in the 4 meter sea swell with the motor only partially repaired and continuing to cut out we towed the casualty boat to the small boat harbour without incident and once recovered no further assistance was required.
Dean Wegerle, NSRI Witbank station commander, said:
At 18h00, Wednesday, 15th August, NSRI Witbank duty crew, while at our rescue base preparing for routine exercises, we were activated to assist the Police Dive Unit at a reported drowning at a reservoir at Pine Ridge, Witbank.
It had been confirmed that a male, believed to be aged in his late teens or early twenties, had disappeared beneath the surface of the water.
NSRI Witbank rescue swimmers, eMalahleni Fire and Rescue Services, the SA Police Services, SACCW (SA Community Crime Watch) members and the Police Dive Unit responded.
On arrival on the scene NSRI rescue swimmers assisted Police divers with a water search and the body of a male was recovered from the water by the Police Dive Unit and confirmed to be deceased.
The body of the man has been taken into the care of the Forensic Pathology Services and Police have opened an inquest docket.
Condolences are conveyed to family and friends.
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