NATIONAL SAFETY ALERT:
NSRI are urging safety caution around the coastline between now and the later part of the coming week due to the Full Moon Spring Tide that peaks at full moon during the morning of Monday 21st January.
Full Moon Spring Tide brings the higher than normal high tide and lower than normal low tide during the twice daily high tide and the twice daily low tide and caution is advised.
Only swim at beaches where and when lifeguards are on duty and swim at beaches in the safe demarcated swimming zones posted by lifeguards using their red and yellow flags.
Norman Rautenbach, NSRI Richards Bay duty coxswain, said:
At 10h00, Thursday, 17th January, NSRI Station 19 Richards Bay duty crew launched the sea rescue craft Spirit of Round Table II to assist a ski-boat at the request of Meerensee Ski Boat Club reporting the ski-boat to be experiencing motor mechanical failure.
On arrival on the scene at Front Gate, Naval Island, we found them at anchor and a tow-line was rigged and we towed them to Meerensee Ski Boat Club without incident.
There remains no report of a person missing following a call at Tableview Beach on Friday, 18th January, at 11h53, where an eye-witness reported seeing a man entering the water and appearing to go swimming and he was not observed exiting the water.
NSRI Melkbosstrand launched sea rescue craft and dispatched NSRI rescue swimmers to the scene and Big Bay Blouberg Surf Lifesaving lifeguards launched a rescue craft and WC Government Health EMS, CoCT Fire and Rescue Services and the Fire and Rescue Services Dive Unit, CoCT Law Enforcement and Law Enforcement Marine Unit, ER24 ambulance services and the SA Police Services responded.
Despite an extensive search no sign of a person in distress was located and the Police Dive Unit and Tableview Police are continuing to monitor although it is strongly suspected that this may have been a false alarm with good intentions.
Dean Wegerle, NSRI Witbank station commander, said:
At 19h50, Saturday, 19th January, NSRI Station 35 Witbank duty crew were activated following reports of a missing person on a jet-ski last seen at 17h00.
On arrival on the scene while we were about to launch Rescue 35 Sealegs onto Witbank Dam we were approached by a gentleman looking for assistance as his jet-ski had suffered motor mechanical failure and he had walked towards the Sea Rescue station to seek help.
It was confirmed that the individual was the person we were about to go to search for and we launched Sealegs and towed the jet-ski and safely back to the man’s launch site and we stood down at 21h30 with no further assistance required.
At 14h09, Sunday, 20th January, NSRI Station 3 Table Bay were requested to assist a motor boat at anchor at Clifton suffering motor mechanical failure and requiring a tow to Granger Bay.
NSRI Station 2 Bakoven were activated and on their arrival on the scene a towline was rigged to the casualty boat from the NSRI Bakoven sea rescue craft Rotarian Schipper and the casualty boat and her crew have been towed to OPBC (Oceana Power Boat Club) without incident and no further assistance was required.
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