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ST LUCIA:Jan Hoffman, NSRI St Lucia station commander, said:At 15h09, Saturday, 27th April, NSRI St Lucia duty crew were activated following reports of a free dive spear fisherman missing off-shore of Cape Vidal.Our Discovery Rescue Runner was towed to Cape Vidal and launched.We rendezvoused with the crew of a dive boat who confirmed that the 38 year old Pietermaritzburg spear fisherman had been located deceased and recovered after reportedly suffering a fatal drowning accident.The SA Police Services were activated and the body of the man has been taken into the care of the Forensic Pathology Services. Police have opened an inquest docket.Condolences are conveyed to family and friends of the deceased man.KLEINMOND:Schalk Boonzaaier, NSRI Kleinmond station commander, said:On Thursday afternoon, 25 April, NSRI Kleinmond, WC Government Health EMS, Overberg Fire and Rescue Services and EMO ambulance services attended an incident at the Palmiet River bridge where a 21 year old Australian man suffered a spinal chord fracture after diving into the river and striking rocks under water.The man was transported to hospital by ambulance and medical treatment continues.On Saturday, 27th April, NSRI Kleinmond attended to a rubber-duck washed ashore at Betties Bay.During a search for suspected missing persons it was confirmed that no persons were missing or unaccounted for and the owners would arrange with Cape Nature rangers to recover their rubber-duck.PORT ELIZABETH:Justin Erasmus, NSRI Port Elizabeth deputy station commander, said: At 14h56, Saturday, 27th April, NSRI Port Elizabeth duty crew were activated and the sea rescue craft Spirit of Toft was launched to assist 2 fishermen on their ski-boat reporting equipment failure to their GPS and in dense fog unable to navigate to a safe harbour.On arrival on the scene, just past Cape Recife, we found them safe and we escorted them to the Port of Port Elizabeth without incident.KOMMETJIE:Ian Klopper, NSRI Kommetjie station commander, said:At 13h35, Saturday, 27th April, NSRI Kommetjie medics responded to Long Beach following a report from CMR (Cape Medical Response) who were responding to Long Beach, Kommetjie, to medically assist a local 49 year old female injured while surfing.On arrival on the scene the female was treated for a head laceration and spinal immobilisation as a precaution and she has been transported to hospital by CMR ambulance in a stable condition.At 09h07, Sunday, 28th April, NSRI Kommetjie duty crew were activated following reports of a male surfer injured while surfing at Scarborough.The sea rescue craft IL Batello and Spirit of the Vines were launched.Our NSRI rescue vehicle and CMR (Cape Medical Response) responded.On arrival on the scene the injured 60 year old local surfer was out of the water after being rescued by a local man and by local surfers and as a precaution we applied spinal immobilisation and the patient has been transported by CMR ambulance to hospital in a stable condition with lower back pain.ST HELENA BAY:Mike Shaw, NSRI Mykonos duty controller, said:At 20h27, Friday, 26th April, NSRI Mykonos duty crew were activated following a request for assistance from 2 fishermen reporting motor mechanical failure off-shore of Shelly Point.We towed our sea rescue craft Spirit of Rotary East London which we launched in St Helena Bay and on arrival on the scene we found the 2 fishermen safe and we took them under tow and towed them to St Helena Bay without incident.
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