Rick Stadler, NSRI St Lucia deputy station commander, said:
At 09h00, Saturday, 17th November, NSRI St Lucia duty crew were activated following reports of a Skivee (open fishing boat) capsized in the surf at Cape Vidal.
NSRI St Lucia, on a routine training exercise in the area, reacted immediately and responded. Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife rangers responded too.
On arrival on the scene, together with members of the public, all 3 adult male casualties from the capsized boat were assisted ashore suffering only minor injuries from fish hooks that had punctured skin during the capsizing.
The casualty boat was righted in the surf and towed to shore by Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife rangers using their Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife patrol boat. The casualty boat was recovered without incident.
Our NSRI rescue swimmers assisted to free dive on the capsize site to recover fishing gear for the 3 men.
After gear was recovered no further assistance was required.
NSRI commend Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife rangers and the members of the public for their assistance.
Quentin Botha, NSRI Table Bay station commander, said:
At 15h05, Sunday, 18th November, NSRI Melkbosstrand were alerted to an eye-witness report from a member of the public at Tableview Beach of a SUP (Stand Up Paddle boarder) appearing to be in difficulty off-shore beyond ships anchored in the Bay of Table Bay.
NSRI coast watchers and NSRI Melkbosstrand crew were deployed to investigate from the shoreline but it could not be determined if a man on a SUP was in difficulty.
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.
NSRI Table Bay were activated by the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) and the sea rescue craft Spirit of Day was launched to investigate.
On arrival on the scene 3 men on SUP’s were located, they were on a downwind paddle far out to sea, and although not in any difficulty they confirmed that one of the 3 paddlers had fallen off his SUP a few times but he was fine and continuing to paddle and he required no assistance.
The 3 paddlers included two top SUP South African paddlers who were testing new hydrofoil SUP’s.
No further assistance was required and NSRI returned to base.
The eye-witness was commended for raising the alarm.
Rob Caine, NSRI Kommetjie duty coxswain, said:
At 20h12, Sunday, 18th November, NSRI Kommetjie and NSRI Hout Bay were alerted to eye witness reports of a red distress flare deployed out to sea approximately 500 meters off-shore of Kommetjie.
NSRI Kommetjie dispatched coast watchers and an NSRI crew to the beachfront and an NSRI rescue vehicle was dispatched to observe from a height above Kommetjie.
The NSRI Hout Bay sea rescue craft Nadine Gordimer and Albie Matthews were launched.
Despite an extensive search no sign of any persons and any craft in distress were found, NSRI returned to base at midnight and the red distress flare activation remains a mystery.
The situation continued to be monitored through the night and by Monday morning there remains no alert of any persons or craft overdue or in distress at sea off shore of Kommetjie.
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