Stewart Seini, NSRI Lifeguard coordinator, said:
At 15h27, Tuesday, 17th September, NSRI Melkbosstrand and NSRI Lifeguards were activated following reports to NSRI EOC (Emergency Operations Centre) of an adult female being swept out to sea by rip currents at Sunset Beach, between Milnerton and Table View.
NSRI Melkbosstrand launched the sea rescue craft Spirit of Brenda, NSRI lifeguards, the SA Police Services and ER24 ambulance services responded to the scene. NSRI ASR (Airborne Sea Rescue), WC Government Health EMS, Milnerton Surf Lifesaving Club lifeguards, the EMS/AMS Skymed rescue helicopter and Cape Town Fire and Rescue Services and their Fire Dive Unit were activated.
On arrival on the scene we found off duty Milnerton Surf Lifesaving lifeguard John Jones, on a surfboard, and assisted by 2 fellow surfers on surfboards, O’Brien Daniel and Luke Gossow. They had launched their surfboards at Sunset Beach and reached the local lady, believed to be aged in her 50’s, approximately 300 meters off-shore in the surfline and they loaded her onto John’s surfboard and they were able to bring her safely to the beach.
The lady was treated on the scene for non-fatal drowning symptoms by ER24 paramedics before being released requiring no further assistance.
She had been swimming with her children when she got caught in a rip current and was swept out to sea. Her children reached the shore and raised the alarm.
NSRI commend John, from Milnerton Surf Lifesaving, and his fellow surfers O’Brien and Luke, for their swift reaction to save the lady and we commend the swift emergency response to this incident.
Ian Klopper, NSRI Kommetjie station commander, said:
On Sunday, 15th September, at 15h06, NSRI Kommetjie launched the sea rescue craft Spirit of the Vines to assist to big wave jet-ski’s behind Boneyards, Kommetjie.
It appears one ski had suffered motor mechanical failure and while the second jet-ski was towing that jet-ski the second jet-ski overheated and they raised the alarm requesting assistance.
We reached them off-shore at Boneyards and assisted them to shore without incident and no further assistance was required.
Bernard Minnie, NSRI Richards Bay station commander, said:
At 21h20, Sunday, 15th September, NSRI Richards Bay and NSRI St Lucia dispatched sea rescue craft to assist the crew on a landing barge reported to be taking water off-shore between St Lucia and Richards Bay.
On arrival on the scene we found they had managed to get bilge pumps working and they were in no imminent danger.
Communications and coordination were assisted by Telkom Maritime Radio Services, MRCC (Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre) and TNPA (Transnet National Ports Authority).
Salvors had been arranged to assist with repairs and NSRI sea rescue craft were released although we remained on alert.
The casualty barge is in the care of salvors assisting in repairs to the vessel.