Mike Vonk, NSRI Wilderness deputy station commander, said:
At 15h12, Saturday, 09th February, NSRI Station 23 Wilderness duty crew were activated following reports from members of the public at a Touws River campsite, Wilderness, of bystander CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) efforts being conducted on a man up the river from the camp site.
Our NSRI rescue vehicle, SA National Parks (SANPark) rangers and WC Government Health EMS responded.
On arrival on the scene a SANPark boat carried NSRI medics and a George doctor, who was staying at the camp site, to the scene further up the river and the SANPark boat returned to collect an EMS paramedic.
NSRI medics, the doctor and the EMS paramedic continued with extensive CPR efforts but sadly after all efforts were exhausted the man was declared deceased.
It appears that the 44 year old male, from Durban, on a corporate weekend with colleagues, reportedly fell out of a kayak while paddling on the river when a colleague rescued him to the shore and initiated CPR while raising the alarm.
His body was transported downstream and taken into the care of the SA Police Services and the Forensic Pathology Services and an inquest docket has been opened and to determine the cause of death.
Condolences are conveyed to family, friends and colleagues of the man.
Earlier this week, on Tuesday, 5th February, NSRI Station 23 Wilderness responded to Main Beach, Wilderness, following reports of a drowning in progress.
Our NSRI rescue swimmers and WC Government Health EMS responded.
On arrival on the scene a 20 year old local female, believed to have been rescued from the water by a bystander, was out the water and being attended to by Eden 911 paramedics and was transported to hospital by Eden 911 ambulance in a stable condition where she was released from hospital later following observations for non-fatal drowning symptoms.
Manie le Roux, NSRI Richards Bay station commander, said:
NSRI are sad to learn this morning, Sunday, 10th February, of a 13 year old male recovered deceased from a quarry in Hluluwe.
Reportedly the child disappeared under water on Saturday at approximately 17h00 in circumstances unknown to NSRI and Police Search and Rescue divers recovered the body of the child this morning.
The body of the child has been taken into the care of the Police and the Forensic Pathology Services and Police have opened an inquest docket.
Condolences are conveyed to family.
On Friday afternoon, 08th February, NSRI Station 19 Richards Bay launched the sea rescue craft Spirit of Round Table II following eye-witness reports of a man on a surf-ski suspected to be in difficulty near to Pelican Island.
The man’s wife had appealed to public members to raise the alarm. They are from Pretoria, on holiday.
On arrival on the scene NSRI located and recovered the surf-ski and the man was found safe ashore after he swam to Naval Island after his surf-ski had capsized.
He was treated for lacerations to his hands sustained from climbing over rocks and no further assistance was required after NSRI returned the surf-ski to the man.
Ian Gray, NSRI Port Elizabeth station commander, said:
At 23h30, Saturday, 09th February, NSRI Station 6 Port Elizabeth launched the sea rescue craft Spirit of Toft to patient evacuate a male crewman off a 299m bulk carrier suffering an abscess on the hip.
We rendezvoused with the ship 5 nautical miles from the Port of Port Elizabeth.
2 NSRI rescue swimmers were put aboard the ship and the patient and our crewmen were transferred onto our sea rescue craft and the patient was brought to shore and he has been taken to hospital by their ships agent.
Just after 01h00 while recovering our sea rescue craft one of our crew noted a 10 meter fishing boat appearing to have run aground in the harbour.
On further investigation it was found to be 3 fishing boats run aground. All of the boats were not manned.
The sea rescue craft Spirit of Toft and JLK Rescuer launched and the owners of the fishing boats were contacted.
NSRI rescue swimmers checked for damage before the boats were towed back to their moorings at their Quay about 300 meters away.
Another 5 fishing boats were found to be partially loose from their moorings from unknown causes.
Due to a combination of light winds and the quick NSRI response no serious damage to the fishing boats was caused after they gently drifted away from their moorings and only lightly grounded on the beach South of the Port Elizabeth Angling Club and avoiding colliding with any other craft and no pollution spills were caused.
The owners are investigating the circumstances.
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