ST HELENA BAY:
Mike Shaw, NSRI Mykonos duty controller, said:
At 17h29, Monday, 29th April, NSRI Mykonos duty crew were activated by the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) following a request for assistance from 2 fishermen reporting motor mechanical failure 18 nautical miles off-shore of St Helena Bay.
Our sea rescue craft Spirit of Surfski 5 was launched and on arrival off-shore St Helena Bay we found a fishing trawler had taken the men and their boat under tow and they were under way and satisfied to continue the tow.
We remained in contact until they were safe in St Helena Bay harbour and no further assistance was required and we returned to base.
Ernie Schmidt, NSRI Jeffreys Bay duty controller, said:
At 12h34, Tuesday, 30th May, we launched our sea rescue craft to rendezvous with the new NSRI Durban sea rescue craft, that is en route from Cape Town to Durban and at the time due to come past Jeffreys Bay when our attention was alerted to 2 people in difficulty nearby on SUP’s (Stand Up Paddle Boards), in the surfline off Main Beach.
A sudden wind squall had swept along the coast and wind speeds increased from almost no wind to a gusting 35 knot South Westerly wind that contributed to the adult Durban holidaymakers, a male and a female, getting into difficulty in the surfline.
We diverted our sea rescue craft, Eddie Beaumont II and we rescued both of them with their SUP’s and we brought them safely ashore and both were not injured and they required no further assistance.
We then continued en-route to go to meet up with the new NSRI Durban sea rescue craft but we were alerted to 2 local adult males requesting assistance on their sea-kayaks, 2 nautical miles from our sea rescue station, and we diverted to proceed to that incident.
We knew of these 2 men out paddling and we had planned to check on them but then they raised the alarm requesting assistance.
On arrival on that scene we found the 2 men had also been affected by the sudden wind squall and they were rescued onto our sea rescue craft and their sea-kayaks were recovered and they were brought safely ashore without incident and they were not injured and required no further assistance.
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