Alan Meiklejohn, NSRI Gordons Bay station commander, said:
At 17h13, Tuesday, 11th September, NSRI Gordons Bay duty crew were activated by the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) following a request for assistance from the parents of a teenager reporting to be in a cove at Dappat se Gat, along the R44 towards Kogel Bay, and cut off from exiting the cove by the incoming high tide, with 6 friends.
Our sea rescue vehicle with NSRI rescue swimmers responded and GB Med Security ambulance, Cape Town Traffic Department, Law Enforcement and Metro Police responded.
WC Government Health EMS and Cape Town Fire and Rescue Services were placed on alert.
On arrival on the scene we found the 7 teenagers, aged 18, 3 males and 4 females, from Stellenbosch and Paarl, were cut off by the high tide, still showing the effects of the recent 9th September peak of the New Moon Spring High Tide, and although safe in a cove at Dappat Se Gat, with daylight fading efforts to get them safely out of the cove became the priority.
Concerned parents had also arrived at the scene.
Our NSRI rescue swimmers reached the teenagers using the lull in the incoming waves and timing the incoming wave sets to wade through chest deep water to reach them.
A rope system was set up and safety equipment was taken to the cove by our rescue swimmers.
The teenagers were placed in life jackets and rescue helmets and one by one our rescue swimmers waded the teenagers, in relays, through chest deep surf, again timing the incoming waves and using the lull in between the wave sets.
Once all teenagers were safely extricated from the cove they were walked up the trail to the roadway and reunited with family and they were put into blankets to warm them up.
No one was injured and no further assistance was required.
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