Schalk Boonzaaier, NSRI Kleinmond station commander, said:
On Thursday morning, at 11h55, 11th April, NSRI Kleinmond duty crew were activated following reports of a person in difficulty in the surf at Kleinmond main beach.
Our NSRI rescue swimmers responded to the scene where we found a retired Johannesburg Dominee, now living in Kleinmond, had been rescued by local man Marius Crowther who had used a NSRI Pink Rescue Buoy (stationed at that beach) to assist in the rescue.
Marius was out for a morning jog when he saw the casualty in difficulty caught in strong rip currents. Marius took the pink rescue buoy off the pole at the beach and swam after the casualty and using the flotation aid of the pink rescue buoy, was able to get the man free of the strong rip current and get safely to shore.
No one was injured and NSRI commend Marius Crowther for the rescue effort.
Ian Gray, NSRI Port Elizabeth station commander, said:
At 20h01, Saturday, 13th April, NSRI Port Elizabeth duty crew were activated following reports of a 61 year old Cape Town fisherman suffering a suspected Stroke (CVA – Cerebrovascular Accident) on a fishing trawler making its way towards Port Elizabeth from fishing grounds.
The sea rescue craft JLK Rescuer was launched, accompanied by an EC Government Health EMS rescue paramedic, and rendezvoused with the fishing vessel where the EMS rescue paramedic and an NSRI rescue swimmer were transferred on board.
The patient was found to be in a critical condition and medical treatment commenced on board. The fishing vessel was escorted into port by our sea rescue craft and the patient has been transported to hospital by EMS ambulance in the care of EMS paramedics.
Travis Clack, NSRI Witbank station commander, said:
At 14h00, Saturday, 13th April, during routine training exercises our duty crew on board our sea rescue craft Sea Legs happened upon a craft with motor mechanical failure under the tow of a private craft near to the Wolwekraans Bridge on Witbank Dam.
NSRI offered to assist and we took over the towline and towed the casualty craft, with 2 men on board, to the Maanlig fishing resort where their boat was recovered and no further assistance was required.
We commend the crew on their private boat who were assisting the casualty craft.
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