At 10h30, Sunday, 23rd December, NSRI Station 37 Jeffreys Bay were activated following reports of 5 swimmers in trouble at the beach break between Magna Tubes and Boneyards.
A 16 year old female and a 17 year old male were caught in rip currents. Their Grandmother raised the alarm.
5 young men went to their aid and a NSRI Pink Rescue Buoy, stationed at that beach, was thrown to the men but after they also got caught in rip currents the Pink Buoy was used between these good samaritans for their own safety and they all got safely to shore.
While this was happening a man used a kayak and he reached the two teenagers who were in difficulty and he used the kayak to guide them to safety.
On NSRI’s arrival on the scene all casualties were safe ashore and only one man had obvious non-fatal drowning signs and symptoms and he was treated with oxygen therapy by NSRI medics and no further assistance was required.
NSRI commend the good samaritans for helping.
At 10h20, Sunday, 23rd December, NSRI Station 23 Wilderness were activated to a drowning in progress at Steps a few hundred meters West of the NSRI station.
The casualty, an 87 year old male, was rescued by on duty lifeguards.
NSRI dispatched the sea rescue vehicle with an NSRI medic to the scene.
The casualty was treated by our NSRI medic and then transported to hospital by an ER24 ambulance in a stable condition. He is expected to make a full recovery.
Just after midday, Sunday, 23rd December, lifeguards at Wilderness Main Beach were called to assist a 41-year male who stood on a fishing trace while swimming and the fish hook embedded in his foot.
Lifeguards brought the man to the NSRI station for further treatment.
A doctor, on holiday from Welkom, who was also on the beach at the time offered to assist.
The doctor helped to cut off the eye of the embedded fish hook and pull out the barbed end via the exit wound. The wound was cleaned, and a dressing applied. No further assistance was required.
The efforts of the life-guards and the doctor who volunteered to assist are commended.
At 11h30, Sunday, 23rd December, NSRI Station 26 Kommetjie, while on routine exercises at aboard the sea rescue craft Spririt of the Vines and IL Battello, NSRI were diverted to reports of a rubber-duck capsized with 5 people onboard at Boneyards off-shore of the Kommetjie slip-way.
On arrival on the scene 3 men from Simon’s Town, on a rubber-duck, were already assisting 5 the people (2 females and 3 males) whose boat had been capsized by a wave while they were crayfishing. They had all clambered onto the upturned hull of their boat when another wave turned the boat over again, this time upright, and they all climbed in to their boat when the 3 men approached and finding their boat motor not working they towed the casualty boat to shore and on NSRI’s arrival they were all safely ashore.
NSRI commend the 3 Simon’s Town men for helping and NSRI medics checked the 5 casualties and they were not injured and they required no further assistance.
At 19h11, Sunday, 23rd December, NSRI Station 9 Gordon’s Bay launched the sea rescue craft Spirit of Surfski to assist 2 young men on a kayak off-shore of Harbour Island.
They launched to fish just off-shore of Bikini Beach, apparently something they do regularly, but were swept out to sea and abandoning their kayak they swam ashore and NSRI found them safe on rocks near to Harbour Island and only had minor scratches and bruises from coming ashore on rocks.
They were not wearing life jackets and NSRI urged them to wear life jackets even if they are only fishing close in shore as in this case they had been swept some 2 kilometers from where they intended to be.
NSRI recovered their kayak at sea which was returned to them.
At 17h30, Sunday, 23rd December, NSRI Station 42 Kleinmond launched the sea rescue craft Jaytee III to assist 3 men on a boat off-shore of Kleinmond harbour after the 3 men had deployed red distress flares.
On arrival on the scene it was found that they had run out of fuel. They were safe at anchor.
NSRI towed them ashore without incident.
At 19h53, Sunday, 23rd December, NSRI Station 17 Hermanus responded to Betty’s Bay to assist WC Government Health EMS rescue squad and WSAR (Wilderness Search and Rescue) at an incident where two young men climbed a mountain behind their bungalow and got stuck on a ledge.
NSRI remained on site throughout the night assisting WSAR and EMS rescue and the EMS/AMS Skymed rescue helicopter airlifted all to safety early this morning.
At 19h50, Sunday, 23rd December, NSRI Station 4 Mykonos dispatched the sea rescue craft Spirit of East London II to assist a kite surfer who was adrift in the Langebaan Lagoon after winds faded and he was unable to get his kite airborn.
The 41 year old German man was located 3 nautical miles from shore and he was safe and swimming towards shore.
NSRI took him aboard the sea rescue craft and his hydrofoil kite and board were recovered and he was taken ashore and reunited with his kite boarding friend who had reached the shore safely earlier and no further assistance was required.
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