Garth Dominy, NSRI Wilderness deputy station commander, said:
At 16h12, Saturday, 23rd February, NSRI Wilderness duty crew were activated following reports from the owner of the Wilderness Guest Lodge and additional eyewitnesses of a swimmer appearing to be in difficulty off Leentjiesklip.
NSRI Wilderness, WC Government Health EMS, George Fire and Rescue Services and Er24 ambulance services responded.
Our NSRI rescue swimmers responded and on arrival on the scene our rescue swimmer assisted a man from the surf safely to the beach after finding the man making use of a submerged sand bank approximately 70 meters off-shore after he was swept out to sea by rip currents.
A bystander had launched a canoe but he had lost sight of the casualty in the surfline and he is commended for his effort.
The casualty, a 78 year old male from Germany, was medically checked by paramedics and not injured, required no further assistance.
Antoinette le Roux, NSRI Shelly Beach deputy station commander, said:
At 12h30, Sunday, 24th February, we received notification from the Shelly Control Tower of a vessel about 4 nautical miles out reporting one outboard motor suffering motor mechanical failure and two gentlemen aged in their 30’s from Uvongo on board.
They were making their way to the backline at Shelly Beach and requested assistance from Shelly Control Tower.
We launched the sea rescue craft Shelly Spirit and rendezvoused with the 14.6 foot craft at the backline and one crewman was transferred onto our sea rescue craft and we brought him to shore and the casualty craft came in to shore under her own power on one motor.
We assisted the 2 men with the recovery of their craft onto her trailer and no further assistance was required.
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