Lyall Pringle, NSRI Hout Bay station commander, said:
At 14h05, Thursday, 22nd November, NSRI Hout Bay duty crew were alerted by the TNPA (Transnet National Ports Authority) to a fishing vessel heading towards Hout Bay harbour and requiring an ambulance on arrival for a fisherman, a local male, suffering breathing difficulties.
NSRI Hout Bay prepared to meet the fishing vessel on her arrival and MRCC (Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre) were alerted and a Government Health EMS duty doctor evaluated the patients condition which was deemed to be intermediate and not urgent and Metro EMS Control dispatched ER24 ambulance services to NSRI Hout Bay to assist NSRI Hout Bay on the vessels arrival in Hout Bay harbour.
It was then established that the patients condition had escalated to a reduced level of consciousness and NSRI Hout Bay launched the sea rescue craft Albie Matthews accompanied by an ER24 rescue paramedic and rendezvoused with the fishing vessel 5 nautical miles from Hout Bay harbour.
The patient was transferred onto the sea rescue craft in a serious condition and in the care of the ER24 rescue paramedic we brought the patient to Hout Bay harbour and he has been transported by ER24 ambulance to hospital in a serious but stable condition.
Geoff Stevens, NSRI Hout Bay deputy station commander, said:
At 17h35, Friday, 23rd November, NSRI Hout Bay duty crew were alerted by the TNPA (Transnet National Ports Authority) following a request for medical assistance from a fishing vessel, heading towards Hout Bay harbour from 40 nautical miles West of Hout Bay, with a fisherman onboard who had suffered an amputated left thumb while working with machinery onboard the fishing vessel.
The sea rescue craft Albie Matthews was launched accompanied by 2 WC Government Health EMS rescue paramedics and the sea rescue craft Nadine Gordimer was launched.
On arrival on the scene, 25 nautical miles West of Hout Bay, in 2 to 3 meter swells, medical crew boarded the fishing vessel and the patient was treated and transferred onto the sea rescue craft Nadine Gordimer and in the care of the EMS rescue paramedics he was brought to Hout Bay harbour and transported to hospital by an EMS ambulance in a serious but stable condition.
Jeremiah Jackson, NSRI Shelly Beach station commander, said:
At 18h05, Friday, NSRI Shelly Beach duty crew dispatched NSRI rescue swimmers to Ramsgate Beach following eye-witness reports of a drowning in progress.
Police Search and Rescue, Med-Evac ambulance services and Tower 13 Lifesaving lifeguards responded.
On arrival on the scene we found a 26 year old male who had been caught in rip currents was safe on the beach after he was rescued from the surf by a local bystander and by his friend.
It appears that a friend of the man had gone into the surf to assist his friend and a local bystander had also swum out to assist in a rescue effort. They were able to bring the casualty to shore safely and they are commended for their effort.
The casualty and his friend, both from Springs, Gauteng, were medically assessed by Med-Evac paramedics and they were advised of non-fatal drowning symptoms and would seek medical assistance if later required.
TO REPORT A SEA RESCUE EMERGENCY DIAL 112 FROM A CELLPHONE