NSRI, lifeguards and the emergency services are urging bathers, anglers and coastal hikers to be cautious around the coastline.
Only swim at beaches where and when lifeguards are on duty and obey the lifeguards instructions. Swim in the safe swimming zones between the red and yellow flags.Parents must ensure that their children have responsible adult supervision when swimming.KLEINMONDSchalk Boonzaaier, NSRI Kleinmond station commander, said:On Wednesday afternoon, 19th December, while at sea on routine training, NSRI Kleinmond duty crew responded our sea rescue craft Jaytee III to the Kleinmond slipway where a 12 year old girl, from Linden, Johannesburg, had slipped and fallen on stairs at Kleinmond slipway suffering a back injury.NSRI medics secured the patient to a spinal immobilisation board as a precaution and EMR ambulance services arrived and the patient has been transported to hospital in a stable condition by EMR ambulance accompanied by her mom and she is expected to fully recover.JEFFREYS BAY:Rieghard Janse van Rensburg, NSRI Jeffreys Bay station commander, said:On Thursday, 20th December, at 11h03, NSRI Jeffreys Bay crew responded to Kabeljous following a request for assistance for a 54 year old woman reportedly injured after fallen from a horse on an outride.An ambulance had also been dispatched and on arrival on the scene NSRI transported the woman, who was walking wounded with suspected whiplash, from the beach to the waiting ambulance on the roadway.After being medically checked and found to be in no need of further medical care the woman, from Port Elizabeth, was released and would consult a doctor later if required.At 11h23, Thursday, 20th December, NSRI Jeffreys Bay duty crew responded the Discovery Rescue Runner and our NSRI sea rescue vehicle with NSRI rescue swimmers onboard to 3 male children caught in a rip current at Supertubes, in front of Waterkant Street.While responding to the scene it was confirmed that all 3 children were safely out the water.On arrival on the scene NSRI medics checked the 3 children, 1 from Pretoria and 2 from Indonesia, who are suspected to have had non-fatal drowning symptoms from swallowing water.NSRI transported the 3 children home and requested their families to keep a watch on them but all 3 were fine and no further assistance was required.SCARBOROUGH:Ian Klopper, NSRI Kommetjie station commander, said:At 15h44, Thursday, 20th December, NSRI Kommetjie and CMR (Cape Medical Response) responded to Scarborough Beach following reports of a male child unconscious after a surfing accident reportedly from being bumped on the head by a surfboard while surfing.The SA Police Services and Law Enforcement officers also responded.On arrival on the scene CMR paramedics treated the local child who was conscious and only suffering a bump to the head and CMR transported the child to hospital for a check-up.HERMANUS:Deon Langenhoven, NSRI Hermanus station commander, said:At 15h02, Friday, 21st December, NSRI Hermanus duty crew investigated reports of a windsurfer suspected to be in difficulty off the New Harbour.On arrival on the scene what was believed to be a windsurfer appeared to being swept out to sea across Walker Bay and our duty crew launched our sea rescue craft South Star. On arrival on the scene we found a Hobie-Cat, not a windsurfer, with a couple onboard from Voelklip. They were okay and had managed to set sail back towards Hermanus. We escorted them back to Hermanus New Harbour and they required no further assistance.