Robert van Heldsingen, NSRI Wilderness station commander, said:
At 15h24, Monday, 17th June, an NSRI crewman, on the Kaaimans River at the time, alerted our NSRI Wilderness duty crew to investigate a group hiking in a canyon on the Kaaimans River appearing to be in difficulty.
While NSRI Wilderness duty crew were activated to begin preparations, the SA Police Services and the restaurant on the Kaaimans River also contacted NSRI to alert them to the same group of hikers who were requesting assistance. An adult man from the group had gone ahead to seek assistance reporting that the hike was taking longer than expected and with nightfall approaching there were concerns.
At that stage our NSRI crewman were with the group that consisted of 2 women, 2 men, 3 boys and one girl. They were reported to be doing fine, just a bit cold and tired as the hike they were on took abit longer than expected.
Our sea rescue craft Clemengold Rescuer with our NSRI crew had already been launched on the river by that stage. WC Government Health EMS and the SA Police Services were kept on stand by as no additional assistance was immediately required.
Our sea rescue craft went as far up river as it could, NSRI crew members then hiked further and met up with the party who were being walked down river accompanied by our NSRI crewman. They were hiked to our sea rescue craft and in relays we transported them to the restaurant aboard the sea rescue craft. Once at the restaurant no further assistance was required.
HERMANUS:Deon Langenhoven, NSRI Hermanus station commander, said:
At 10h00, Tuesday, 18th June, NSRI Hermanus were activated following a request for assistance made to NSRI Kleinmond from 3 fisherman on a 5.5 meter RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) reporting motor failure off Kleinmond and in no immediate danger but requiring assistance.
Our sea rescue craft Rescue 17 Alpha was launched.
En route to the scene a call came in from a report of red distress flares sighted in the same area, which was confirmed to be from a second incident involving fishermen with motor failure in the same area but they were then able to get their motors started and they motored in to Hawston harbour without incident and confirmed to NSRI that they required no further assistance.
We rendezvoused with the 3 fishermen 2 nautical miles off Hangklip and took their boat under tow and we towed them to the Hangklip slip way without incident and once safely ashore their boat was recovered and no further assistance was required.
NSRI Kleinmond assisted with VHF Marine radio communications during the operation.
TO REPORT A SEA RESCUE EMERGENCY DIAL 112 FROM A CELLPHONE