Schalk Boonzaaier, NSRI Kleinmond station commander, said:
At 12h47, Sunday, 17th February, NSRI Station 42 Kleinmond were activated following reports of a patient requiring assistance at the caravan park following a non-fatal drowning accident.
Our NSRI medics responded and WC Government Health EMS were activated.
On arrival on the scene we treated a local 12 year old male child suffering from signs and symptoms of a non-fatal drowning accident.
He has been taken into the care of the EMS paramedics and he has been transported to hospital in a stable condition.
It has been confirmed that children swimming in shallow water in the Palmiet River mouth ventured to where a section of the river is deeper and a child got into difficulty in the deeper water.
An adult female from Lakeside, Cape Town, who happened to be nearby at the time and who had noticed the children swimming, she intervened and rescued the child from the water and getting him safely ashore she placed the child in the recovery position and assisted to expel aspirated water.
Assisted by public members she loaded the child onto a canoe and dragged the canoe through shallow water to the caravan park where the alarm was raised.
NSRI commend the lady, and those that assisted, for saving the child’s life.
Arrie Combrinck, NSRI Stilbaai station commander, said:
This morning, Sunday, 17th February, NSRI Station 31 Stilbaai duty crew were activated following reports of a drowning in progress at Lappiesbaai.
While preparing to launch our sea rescue craft NSRI were notified that a male, believed to be a teenager, and a local adult male and a surfer, believed to be a local surfer, had all assisted to rescue 2 ladies from the surfline who had both reportedly been caught in rip currents while swimming.
The wife of the man who assisted in the rescue, she is a doctor, and she confirmed that she had both of the lady casualties in her care and although both were in stable conditions they had taken one of the casualties to hospital for observation for non-fatal drowning symptoms and she is expected to make a full recovery .
The 2 casualties are from Scotland.
NSRI commend all involved for the rescue effort.
In earlier incidents, On Saturday, 16th February, NSRI Station 31 duty crew were activated following a request for assistance from a fishing trawler reporting a crewman on board complaining of severe stomach pains.
Our sea rescue craft Colorpress Rescuer was launched at 13h10, carrying a relief crewman, and we rendezvoused with the vessel 2 nautical miles off shore of Stilbaai. The crew change was done successfully and the patient was brought to shore where he was evaluated by our NSRI medics and taken into the care of his colleagues.
While busy with crew debriefing from that call, a short while later, another call was received from a deck ship reporting an injured crewman on board suffering from burns sustained when a lighter apparently exploded in his hand.
The vessel was making headway in the direction of Stilbaai.
Western Cape Government Health EMS dispatched rescue paramedics to accompany our NSRI medical crew to the vessel to assist with patient treatment.
Our sea rescue craft Colorpress Rescuer was launched at 17h00 accompanied by 2 EMS rescue paramedics as well as our NSRI medical crew and we met with the vessel 2 nautical miles off shore of Stilbaai. The two EMS paramedics and one of the NSRI medical crew were transferred onto the vessel in 2.5 meter swells.
After treatment and further examination of the patient it was decided that the crewman was recovering from the immediate treatment and he can remain on board and make use of follow up treatment at a later stage.
Ross Badenhorst, NSRI Plettenberg Bay deputy station commander, said:
At 12h50, Sunday, 17th February, NSRI station 14 Plettenberg Bay duty crew were activated following reports of a female, age 61, from Germany, in a tour group, injured at Robberg Nature Reserve at Robberg Island and suspected to be suffering a fractured or dislocated hip sustained after reportedly being dumped by a wave while swimming.
The sea rescue craft Leonard Smith was launched and on arrival on the scene NSRI medics stabilised the patient and she was secured to a floating stretcher and moved to the sea rescue boat and she was brought to our sea rescue base and transported to hospital by Medlife ambulance in a stable condition for further care.
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