Danie Gerryts, NSRI Still Bay duty controller, said:
At 16h15, Thursday, 25th October, NSRI Still Bay duty crew launched the sea rescue craft Colorpress Rescuer to assist the fishing craft Lika reporting motor mechanical failure 15 nautical miles off-shore of Still Bay.
On arrival on the scene a towline was rigged and the casualty craft was towed safely to Still Bay without incident.
At 17h15, Friday, 26th October, NSRI Wilderness duty crew were activated following reports of a drowning in progress at Wilderness Main Beach.
On arrival on the scene we found local surfer Phillip Crankshaw had rescued an adult male British tourist from the surf after he had been caught in rip currents while swimming.
The casualty was transported to hospital by ER24 ambulance in a stable condition as a precaution for treatment and observations for non-fatal drowning symptoms.
At 11h45, Saturday, 27th October, NSRI Wilderness duty crew and WC Government Health EMS rescue were activated following reports of a drowning in progress at Lientjies Klip, Wilderness Beach.
The sea rescue craft Clemengold Rescuer was launched and an NSRI rescue vehicle, Metro Rescue vehicle and the SA Police Services responded.
On arrival on the scene a search commenced for a 26 year old Oudtshoorn man, on a day trip to the coast with family and friends, who had gone missing in the surf while swimming.
Despite an extensive sea and shoreline search no sign of the missing man has been found and a Police Dive Unit are continuing in an ongoing search operation.
Thoughts are with the family and friends of the missing man in this difficult time.
Police have opened an investigation.
Reinard Geldenhuys, NSRI Agulhas station commander, said:
At 16h45, Saturday, 27th October, during routine training we were alerted to a man appearing to be in difficulty while swimming in the harbour.
Our NSRI crew were at our sea rescue base at the time and an n NSRI rescue swimmer swam out to the man, secured him, and brought him safely to shore and he was not injured and he required no further assistance.
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