Ian Gray, NSRI Port Elizabeth station commander, said:
At 05h53, Sunday, 04 August, NSRI Port Elizabeth duty crew launched the sea rescue craft Spirit of Toft to patient evacuate a 37 year old Filipino crewman suffering injuries from fall on a cargo carrier approaching Port Elizabeth and requiring evacuation of the sailor to hospital.
We rendezvoused with the ship in Algoa Bay and NSRI rescue crew were transferred aboard and the patient, in a stable condition, was transferred onto our sea rescue craft and brought to shore and he has been taken to hospital by the ships agent for further medical care.
Luke van Riet, NSRI Bakoven station commander, said:
At 16h58, Saturday, 03 August, NSRI Bakoven duty crew were activated following reports of people on rocks that were cut off from mainland by the incoming high tide at Camps Bay beach.
NSRI Bakoven rescue swimmers, CoCT Law Enforcement, CoCT Fire and Rescue services dive unit and WC Government Health EMS rescue squad responded.
On arrival on the scene we found 3 of 5 people that were on rocks that had been cut off from the mainland by the incoming tide, they had safely waded through shallow surf and reached mainland through a gully without assistance and without incident.
The remaining 2 people, a male and a female, from Zimbabwe and from Malawi, remained on the rocks that were cut off from mainland by the incoming tide, and they were not confident to attempt wading through the channel in the swiftly rising tide.
Although they were not in any immediate danger the decision was made to get them across to mainland as quickly as possible while the tide was still rising and before the high tide peak.
A rope system was set up, both casualties were put into life jackets, and 2 NSRI rescue swimmers and 2 Fire and Rescue services rescue divers assisted the couple through the surf safely and without incident, in relays one after the other, and once safely ashore no further assistance was required.