Schalk Boonzaaier, NSRI Kleinmond station commander, said:
At 16h00, Wednesday, 10th October, our NSRI Kleinmond duty crew were activated following a request for assistance from friends of a man reporting him to have fallen on rocks at Palmiet River Mouth on the Kleinmond side.
We responded by road and found the man had fallen while walking and had suffered injuries.
ERM ambulance services and Overberg Fire and Rescue Services responded and he was stabilised before being transported to hospital by ambulance.
Then at 20h30, on Wednesday, 10th October, during routine training exercises with NSRI Hermanus, we received a call reporting at least 3 red distress flares sighted an estimated 5 nautical miles off Betty’s Bay.
The NSRI Hermanus sea rescue craft Jaytee III was launched at our slipway and despite an extensive search no casualty boat or casualty boats were found and there remains no report of any person or boats overdue or missing.
The red distress flare activation remains a mystery.
Glenda Maritz, NSRI Mossel Bay duty controller, said:
At 12h45, Sunday, 14th October, NSRI Mossel Bay duty crew responded aboard the sea rescue craft St Blaze Rescuer following eye-witness reports of an unmanned boat adrift off Outeniqua Beach.
Arriving on scene we found what appeared to be a derelict boat from unknown origins that most likely drifted during Saturday’s strong winds.
The boat was not in a condition to be towed to the harbour and as a precaution, it was beached and no further assistance was required.
Deon Langenhoven, NSRI Hermanus station commander, said:
On Sunday, 14th October, NSRI Hermanus duty crew responded at 14h58, towing our sea rescue craft Maritimus to Franskraal, following eye-witness reports of 2 men being blown out to sea on a canoe in off-shore winds.
An NSRI Hout Bay crewman was in Franskraal at the time and was keeping an eye on the position of the canoe.
While responding to the scene it was confirmed that both men got to shore safely on their canoe and on our arrival on the scene, we found them both accounted for and safe ashore and no further assistance was required.
Jan Hofman, NSRI St Lucia station commander, said:
At 09h40, Sunday, 14th October, NSRI St Lucia crew members noticed a vehicle stuck in beach sand at Cape Vidal boat launch site.
The vehicle had been used to launch a boat earlier and became embedded in beach sand, and being below the high water mark, the vehicle was threatened by the approaching high tide.
A number of fellow fishermen, using 4×4 vehicles had tried to free the casualty vehicle without success.
NSRI St Lucia duty crew dispatched one of our NSRI members private tractor and an NSRI crewman who is also a KZN SA National Parks ranger assisted.
iSimangaliso Wetland Parks rangers assisted us to get access to the Park.
Using the tractor we were able to free the casualty vehicle and once free no further assistance was required and the operation was completed at 12h30.
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