Michael van den Bergh, NSRI Jeffreys Bay duty coxswain, said:
At 15h20, Friday, 27th September, NSRI Jeffreys Bay duty crew were activated following reports from an NSRI off-duty crewman, who works at a restaurant at the beach, of a non-fatal drowning at Dolphin Beach.
Friends, of a 19 year old Port Elizabeth male who got into difficulty while swimming after suffering a medical complaint in the water, had assisted him out of the water and lifeguards were in attendance on the scene when the NSRI crewman, alerted to a commotion on the beach, investigated and raised the alarm after finding the casualty unconscious on the beach.
NSRI medics and Private Care ambulance services responded and the patient has been transported to hospital in a stable condition and is expected to fully recover.
The friends of the teenager are commended for their assistance to get him out of the water.
Jeremiah Jackson, NSRI Shelly Beach station commander, said:
At 07h11, Saturday, 28th September, NSRI Shelly Beach duty crew were activated following reports of a ski-boat capsized while heading out to sea in the surf zone off Shelly Beach .
While responding to the base Shelly Beach Control confirmed that both crew, adult males, of the capsized boat were accounted for and safe on shore on rocks and the capsized boat was in the surf.
Med-Evac ambulance services were also activated.
On arrival on the scene both casualty males were assessed by Med-Evac paramedics and not injured they required no further assistance. NSRI, together with local boaters and the beach office, assisted in recovering the casualty boat, which was righted and recovered and owners will assess for repairs.
NSRI commend the swift response to this incident.
Jerome Simonis, NSRI Knysna station commander, said:
At 20h11, Saturday, 28th September, NSRI Knysna duty crew activated following a request for assistance from 3 crew of a yacht, sailing from Port Elizabeth to Mossel Bay, reporting to be safe but their 34 foot yacht dismasted in strong winds off Buffels Bay and needing to be towed into Knysna.
Our sea rescue craft Eileen Meadway and Jaytee 4 were launched and responded to the scene.
On arrival on the scene we took the yacht under tow and towed them into Knysna without incident where repairs to the yacht will be made.
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