Alan Meiklejohn, NSRI Gordon’s Bay station commander, said:
At 07h20, Thursday, 24th January, NSRI Station 9 Gordon’s Bay duty crew were activated by the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) following eye-witness reports of a paddler in difficulty off-shore of Bikini Beach.
The sea rescue craft Spirit of Surfski was launched and GB Med Rescue ambulance services and ER24 ambulance services responded.
On arrival on the scene a 38 year old male, from Franschoek, found capsized on a kayak, was rescued onto the sea rescue craft and brought to our NSRI rescue base where he was treated by paramedics for hypothermia and after being rewarmed he required no further assistance.
The man had capsized in strong winds and he was unable to get back on his craft before being being rescued.
Norman Rautenbach, NSRI Richards Bay station commander, said:
On Tuesday, 22nd January, during the afternoon, NSRI Station 19 Richards Bay duty crew were activated by the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) following reports of a female on a kayak in difficulty in the Port of Richards Bay channel.
The sea rescue craft Spirit of Round Table II was launched and on arrival on the scene the 48 year old local female was found rescued onto a ski-boat that had noticed her in the water while entering the channel.
The lady, slightly exhausted from struggling against the current, was transferred onto our sea rescue craft and brought ashore safely and following treatment for exhaustion she required no further assistance.
NSRI commend the crew on the boat that rescued her for their assistance.
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