Andre Fraser, NSRI Mossel Bay station commander, said:
At 03h17, Friday, 11th January, NSRI Station 15 Mossel Bay duty crew were activated following a request for assistance from a fishing trawler reported to have run aground and beached at Vleesbaai on the beach in shallow surf.
The 6 crew remained onboard and were reporting to be safe after the fishing trawler reportedly gently drifted ashore.
The sea rescue craft Rescue 15 was launched and a sea rescue vehicle dispatched to join the fishing vessels sister vessel that was on the scene.
On arrival on the scene all crew of the casualty craft were safe aboard their vessel and tow lines were rigged to our sea rescue craft and to the fishing trawlers sister vessel and at high tide the fishing vessel was towed off the beach and the sister vessel towed the casualty fishing vessel to Mossel Bay harbour without incident.
Kevin Fourie, NSRI Rocky Bay station commander, said:
At 12h30, NSRI Station 39 Rocky Bay were activated to respond to Umkomaas where a dive charter boat raised the alarm and were heading towards shore from a dive reporting CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) efforts being performed on a 61 year old British man who had surfaced from a dive before going into cardiac arrest on the boat.
NSRI Station 39 Rocky Bay, Netcare 911 ambulance services, eThekwini Surf Lifesaving lifeguards and Police Search and Rescue responded and rendezvoused with the dive boat on its arrival on-shore and despite extensive CPR efforts by paramedics the man has sadly been declared deceased.
The crew of the dive charter boat are commended for their extensive efforts to resuscitate the man and condolences are conveyed to family and friends.
The body of the man has been taken into the care of the Forensic Pathology Services and Police have opened an inquest docket.