Alan Meiklejohn, NSRI Gordon’s Bay station commander, said:
At 11h55, Thursday, 22nd August, NSRI Gordons Bay and NSRI Kleinmond duty crew were activated by the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) following eye-witness reports of a Crayfish Bakkie (small open boat) capsized at Rooi Els Point, Rooi Els, between Gordon’s Bay and Kleinmond.
Sea rescue craft were launched at NSRI Gordon’s Bay and NSRI Kleinmond and sea rescue vehicles from both sea rescue stations and Cape Town Fire and Rescue Services responded.
On shore crew’s arrival on the scene we found the casualty boat had been righted and 2 local men onboard, 300 meters off-shore of Rooi Els Point, were attempting to paddle to shore.
NSRI Gordon’s Bay sea rescue craft, on their arrival on the scene, found both men safe and not injured, 300 meters off-shore of Rooi Els Point, and their boat was adrift.
A tow line was rigged and we towed them to the Rooi Els slipway where their boat was recovered and no further assistance was required.
Rieghard Janse van Rensburg, NSRI Jeffreys Bay station commander, said:
At 12h01, Friday, 23rd August, NSRI Jeffreys Bay duty crew were activated following eye-witness reports of a surfer brought to the shore by 2 local fellow surfers and on getting the man safely to the beach he was appearing to be in distress from a medical condition at The Point, Jeffreys Bay.
2 local surfers had recovered the local male surfer, believed to be aged in his 70’s, after finding him appearing to be in difficulty in the surf while surfing.
An NSRI medical crew and Gardmed ambulance services responded.
On arrival on the scene our NSRI medics medically treated the man and he was stabilised and on the arrival of the Gardmed ambulance medical care of the man was taken over by paramedics and he was transported to hospital by ambulance in a stable condition for further medical care.
NSRI commend the surfers who rescued the man from the water after noticing the man appearing to be in difficulty in the surf and for raising the alarm once he was safely on the beach and he was appearing to be suffering a medical emergency.
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