Marc Rodgers, NSRI Plettenberg Bay station commander, said:
At 07h24, Sunday, 14th July, NSRI Plettenberg Bay duty crew were activated following reports of a boat capsized in the Keurbooms River Mouth.
Our Discovery rescue runner and Ray Farnham Rescuer were launched and our NSRI rescue vehicle and NSRI rescue crew responded to the scene.
On arrival on the scene the 6 crew of the capsized boat were found safely ashore and only one adult man sustained injuries. They had managed to wade ashore through shallow surf after their boat capsized in the surfline in shallow surf and may have hit a sand bank that may have contributed to the boat capsizing.
The casualty crew were transported to our sea rescue station aboard our sea rescue craft and the injured man was attended to by Medlife paramedics and following treatment he required no further assistance.
NSRI crew waded through shallow surf to recover equipment belonging to the casualty crew that was lost overboard when their boat capsized.
The casualty ski-boat was towed in the capsized position to our sea rescue base where it has been righted and recovered and no further assistance was required.
It appears the after the boat capsized, while exiting the Keurbooms River Mouth to go to sea to go fishing, only one adult male got out from the boat and he assisted the 3 adult men and 2 children, who were trapped underneath the boat, to get out from under the boat through a gap and they waded safely ashore.
Wesley Barnes, NSRI Melkbosstrand duty coxswain, said:
At 10h51, Saturday, 13th July, NSRI Melkbosstrand duty crew were activated by NSRI Emergency Operations Centre following a request for assistance from jet-skiers off Tableview reporting one of a group of jet-ski’s taking water with a local father and son onboard.
The jet-ski’s that were accompanying the casualty jet-ski were in attendance and also assisting.
NSRI Melkbosstrand towed the sea rescue craft Spirit of Brenda to Small Bay and launched.
An off duty NSRI Melkbosstrand crewman and an off duty NSRI Kommetjie crewman, fishing off-shore of Tableview onboard the NSRI kommetjie crewman’s private boat, responded to assist and on arrival on the scene they took the casualty jet-ski under tow while the casualty crew were taken to OPBC (Oceana Power Boat Club) aboard one their fellow jet-skiers jet-ski’s.
NSRI Melkbosstrand rendezvoused with the off-duty NSRI crew and took over the tow of the casualty jet-ski which was towed to shore and collected by the owners who required no further assistance.
Geoff McGregor, NSRI East London station commander, said:
At 10h00, Saturday, 13th July, NSRI East London duty crew were activated following reports from BCM (Buffalo City Metropolitan) lifeguards, at Gonubie, of a surfskier appearing to be in difficulty approximately 1 nautical mile offshore.
The sea rescue craft Spirit of DHL was launched and on arrival on the scene we found the BCM lifeguards assisting the local adult man to shore after he had abandoned his surfski in the surfline to swim ashore.
EC Government Health EMS were activated and paramedics assessed the man who required no medical attention.
It appears his surf-ski took on water while he was paddling in a local surfski race. Unable to get into the surfski, and about 2 nautical miles off-shore, he held onto the surfski and drifted for over an hour until he drifted into Gonubie Bay and when he had reached the surfline he abandoned his surfski to attempt to body surf to the beach when BCM lifeguards reached him in the surfline and assisted to the beach.
Sven Gussenhoven, NSRI Hout Bay duty coxswain, said:
At 12h38, Saturday, 13th July, NSRI Hout Bay duty crew, using our sea rescue craft Nadine Gordimer and Albie Matthews, assisted a 30 foot motor boat with steering and motor thrust failure just off the Hout Bay harbour.
The skipper of the pleasure craft had requested assistance to get into the harbour.
We established a towline and towed the casualty boat to a mooring in Hout Bay harbour and once moored safely no further assistance was required.