Ian Gray, NSRI Port Elizabeth station commander, said:
At 16h10, Wednesday, 16th January, NSRI Station 6 Port Elizabeth duty crew and EC Government Health EMS were placed on alert following reports from a fishing trawler heading towards Port Elizabeth from fishing grounds with a 31 year old local crewman onboard suffering a head injury sustained after being stuck in the face by an anchor after falling on the deck.
MRCC had been requested by the ships agent to provide medical support and an EMS duty doctor evaluated the patients condition and it was deemed necessary to patient evacuate to hospital as soon as possible.
The sea rescue craft Spirit of Toft was launched and on arrival on the scene, 3 nautical miles South of Cape Recife, an NSRI crewman was put aboard the fishing trawler to assess and to begin stabilising the patient. A transfer of the patient onto the sea rescue craft could not be carried out safely in very rough sea conditions of 3 to 4 meter swells and 30 to 40 knot winds.
Telkom Maritime Radio Services assisted with VHF marine radio communications.
NSRI escorted the trawler to the shelter of the harbour basin where the patient was transferred to the sea rescue craft and brought safely ashore and he has been transported to hospital in a stable condition.
The operation was completed at 20h30.
Jeremiah Jackson, NSRI Shelly Beach station commander, said:
At 15h40, Wednesday, 16th January, NSRI Station 20 Shelly Beach duty crew launched the sea rescue craft Spirit of Dawn to rendezvous with a recreational fishing boat reporting motor mechanical failure of one motor.
Arriving on scene, a crewman of the casualty boat was transferred onto the sea rescue craft and NSRI crew were transferred onto the casualty craft where repairs to the motor were attempted. After repairs were not successful NSRI towed the casualty boat safely ashore and no further assistance was required.
From just after 20h15 NSRI received multiple reports of a suspected flare sighting from multiple locations around the greater Cape Peninsula.
Reports were received around the greater Cape Peninsula and beyond with reports from Hermanus, Kleinmond, Betty’s Bay, Gordons Bay, False Bay, Simon’s Town, Cape Point, Scarborough, Kommetjie, Sea Point, Table Bay and Bloubergstrand.
Reports indicated flare sightings.
NSRI crew also witnessed what at first was suspected to be a flare. NSRI Table Bay and NSRI Melkbosstrand had activated at 20h00 to a kite-boarder suspected to be in difficulty off-shore of Table View Beach and while at sea the sighting of a suspected flare was witnessed.
The kite-boarder made it safely to shore and required no assistance.
Calls were received from concerned public members between around 20h20 and just after 21h00 of the suspected flare and some reports suggested a bright green flare shooting across the sky.
Calls also came in from NSRI off-duty crew who witnessed the sighting, some of who immediately identified the sighting as a shooting star.
It is believed that the sighting was a shooting star that passed close over the Cape Peninsula.
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