Marius Hayes, NSRI Melkbosstrand duty coxswain, said:
At 12h03, Saturday, 17th November, NSRI Melkbosstrand duty crew and Big Bay Surf Lifesaving were activated to investigate suspicions that a lady had entered the surf to swim but it appeared to her friends that she had not returned and they feared she may missing in the surf at Small Bay, Bloubergstrand.
NSRI Melkbosstrand dispatched NSRI rescue swimmers and prepared to launch sea rescue craft and Big Bay Surf Lifesaving lifeguards launched a rescue rubber-duck to begin a search as a precaution while investigations continued to determine the whereabouts of the lady.
The City of Cape Town Water Rescue Network (NSRI, CoCT Fire and Rescue Services Dive Unit, WC Government Health EMS rescue squad, CoCT Pro Lifesaving, CoCT Law Enforcement Marine Unit, Cape Town Surf Lifesaving clubs, SA Police Services Dive Unit, Private and Volunteer ambulance services) were placed on alert.
During investigations it was confirmed that the lady was safe and out of the water and she had departed the beach to go home and no further assistance was required.
The friends of the lady were commended for raising the alarm.
Darren Zimmerman, NSRI Simonstown station commander, said:
At 17h52, Saturday, 17th November, MRCC (Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre) were alerted to a NSRI RSA SafeTrx emergency activation) and it was confirmed that 2 local men were on a rubber-duck taking water off-shore of Millers Point.
Red distress flares had also been deployed.
NSRI Simonstown launched the sea rescue craft Spirit of Surfski 2 and Law Enforcement officers at Millers Point kept a visual.
The City of Cape Town Water Rescue Network (NSRI, CoCT Fire and Rescue Services Dive Unit, WC Government Health EMS rescue squad, CoCT Pro Lifesaving, CoCT Law Enforcement and Law Enforcement Marine Unit, Cape Town Surf Lifesaving clubs, SA Police Services Dive Unit, Private and Volunteer ambulance services) were placed on alert.
Prior to NSRI sea rescue craft arriving on the scene the 2 men were able to get their casualty craft safely to Millers Point.
NSRI continued a response and on our sea rescue craft arrival on the scene it was confirmed they were safe and in the care of Law Enforcement Marine Unit officers and their boat was recovered and no further assistance was required.
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