Martin Fourie, NSRI Witsand station commander, said:
At 20h05, Friday, 28th September, NSRI Witsand duty crew were activated following eye-witness reports of a red distress flare activated on the Breede River.
We launched our sea rescue craft Breede Rescuer and following a search we found 4 adult males on a 4.6 meter rubber-duck stranded on a sand bank at The Sand Banks approximately 2 kilometers up stream.
1 man had a laceration to his right knee sustained when their ran onto the sand bank.
We transported them to shore. A WC Government Health EMS ambulance transported the injured man to hospital in a stable condition.
We towed their boat the the launch site where their boat was recovered and then took the 3 men to a Houseboat that they are staying in and they were reunited with 2 friends who were at the Houseboat. They are from Wellington, Stellenbosch and Knysna.
The operation was completed at 23h00.
Bruce Bodmer, NSRI Hout Bay duty coxswain, said:
At 00h03, Sunday, 30th September, NSRI Hout Bay and NSRI Kommetjie duty crews were activated following a request for assistance from the local fishing boat CJ reporting motor mechanical failure off-shore of Kommetjie, West of Slangkop Lighthouse.
NSRI Kommetjie dispatched a rescue vehicle and NSRI Hout Bay launched the sea rescue craft Albie Matthews.
On arrival the casualty crew shot off a red distress flare to mark their position and once on the scene we found the fishing crew safe and a towline was rigged and we towed them to Hout Bay without incident where they were moored safely.
On Sunday, 30th September, at 10h16, NSRI Hout Bay were activated to assist a small boat outside the harbour entrance, towards “Fish on the Rocks”, with 4 crew onboard and with motor mechanical failure.
On arrival on the scene the 4 crew were found safe and we towed them into Hout Bay harbour where their boat was recovered and no further assistance was required.
ST FRANCIS BAY:
Marc May, NSRI St Francis Bay duty coxswain, said:
At 23h00, Saturday, 29th September, NSRI St Francis Bay duty crew were activated following a request for medical assistance from the Chokka fishing boat Blue Marlin, reporting a crewman suffering severe stomach ailment and dehydration.
Blue marlin was steaming towards the Port St Francis from fishing grounds at Maitlands, approximately 25 nautical miles off-shore.
The call was made to let them get a bit closer due to high wind and rough sea conditions with 20 to 25 knot Easterly wind and 3 meter confused seas.
The sea rescue craft Spirit of St Francis II was launched at 01h20 and rendezvoused with Blue Marlin 6 nautical miles off shore of the water tower.
The patient, an adult male, in a stable condition, was successfully transferred onto our sea rescue craft and brought to Port where Private Care ambulance were in attendance and the patient has been transported to hospital by ambulance in a stable condition.
The operation was completed at 02h45.