Darren Zimmerman, NSRI Simon’s Town station commander, said:
At 07h00, Tuesday, 01 January, NSRI Station 10 Simon’s Town duty crew were activated by the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) following reports from MRCC (Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre) of an EPIRB (An emergency position-indicating radio beacon) activation off-shore of Cape Point lighthouse.
The sea rescue craft Spirit of Safmarine III was launched and on arrival on the scene a fishing boat was found safe after an accidental EPIRB activation and no assistance was required.
The fishing company was to arrange to get the EPIRB repaired.
Sean Devine, NSRI Ballito duty coxswain, said:
At approximately 18h55, Tuesday, 01 January, NSRI Station 41 Ballito duty crew received a call for assistance where a 72 year old lady had fallen down a few flights of stairs leading to the beach and sustained lacerations to her head and fractures to her left wrist.
She was treated and stabilised by our NSRI medics until a Netcare 911 ambulance that had already been activated arrived on the scene.
She was then handed over to the care of Netcare 911 paramedics and our NSRI crew assisted to carry her up the stairs to the ambulance.
She was transported to hospital for further care in a stable condition.
Martin Fourie, NSRI Witsand station commander, said:
12h54, Wednesday, 02 January, NSRI Station 33 Witsand received a call from a concerned resident of a kite boarder in trouble in strong South Easterly winds on the Breede River.
On our arrival at our sea rescue base we noted a kite boarder drifting on the sandbanks in the middle of the river.
The sea rescue craft Falcon Rescuer was launched. We rendezvoused with the kite boarder who was wading ashore in shallow water and we assisted him and no medical attention was needed and no further assistance was required when he got safely ashore.
Then at 17h45 on the same day we received a call from a resident sighting a kite boarder disconnected from his kite in the Breede River.
We responded to our sea rescue base and on arrival we noted a kite being blown down river with no kite boarder in sight.
We launched the sea rescue craft Falcon Rescuer and started a search into the wind following the drift pattern.
During the search we found the kite boarder ashore and reunited with his kite gear and no further assistance was required.
A short while later we received a call from a person who had accidentally stepped onto his boat anchor injuring his left foot and in need of medical assistance.
We cleaned and dressed laceration under the mans foot and he was sent to the local doctor at Heidelberg for further medical attention.
PJ Rabie, NSRI Bakoven station commander, said:
At 14h28, Wednesday, 02 January, NSRI Station 2 Bakoven were activated following eye-witness reports of 2 men on a SUP (Stand Up paddle board) fallen off the SUP and trying to swim to shore while dragging the SUP along with them from 300 meters off-shore of the Camps Bay Police Station.
NSRI Bakoven launched the sea rescue craft Rotarian Schipper and Community Medics, CoCT Pro Lifesaving lifeguards, Law Enforcement, WC Government Health EMS rescue squad and ER24 ambulance services responded.
A lifeguard launched into the water to swim to the 2 casualties and the sea rescue craft arrived on the scene and rescued both men, brothers, aged in their 30’s, from the United Kingdom (one of them is living in Cape Town), they were brought to the NSRI Bakoven base where one man was treated by paramedics for hypothermia and they required no further assistance.
They had been paddling together on their SUP but strong winds sweeping them out to sea forced to abandon their paddle to try to swim to shore.
Rieghard Janse van Rensburg, NSRI Jeffreys bay station commander, said:
At 06h00, Thursday, 03 January, NSRI Station 37 Jeffreys Bay duty crew responded to Kabaljous Beach following reports from the public of a dolphin beached.
On arrival on the scene we found a 2.5 meter striped dolphin beached and efforts by members of the public to try to refloat the dolphin were unsuccessful.
NSRI Jeffreys Bay crew, trained to deal with Marine animal strandings, set up a system to keep the dolphin wet and to manage crowd control and assisted by a Kouga Municipal lifeguard and assisted by members of the public who we selected and who volunteered to assist.
Bayworld dispatched a Marine biologist and a Vet from Cape Cross responded.
The dolphin appeared to be healthy and we activated our sea rescue craft Projects Group rescuer.
Using a specialised stretcher the dolphin was loaded onto our sea rescue craft and transported 3 kilometers off-shore and released and we are confident that the dolphin will survive although the beaches will be monitored over the next few days.