Jan Hofman, NSRI St Lucia Station Commander, said:
At 14h42, NSRI St Lucia duty crew were activated following reports of a drowning in progress at Cape Vidal.
NSRI rescue swimmers and paramedics responded.
On arrival on the scene a 62 year old woman from Switzerland had reportedly been assisted from the surf by 2 former lifeguards after being caught in rip currents while swimming. She was treated by NSRI St Lucia medics and by paramedics and transported to hospital in a stable condition by a Netcare 911 ambulance as a precaution for observation for non-fatal drowning symptoms.
She is accompanied by her husband.
NSRI commend those who assisted the lady from the surf.
Hein Scheepers, NSRI Simon’s Town Deputy Station Commander, said:
At 15h21, Tuesday, 19th November, NSRI Simon’s Town duty crew, accompanied by CMR (Cape Medical Response) rescue paramedics, launched the sea rescue craft Spirit of Safmarine III and rendezvoused with a fishing trawler 20 nautical miles South of Cape Point.
A local fisherman, aged in his 20’s, was transferred onto the sea rescue craft suffering a medical complaint and brought to Simon’s Tow harbour aboard our sea rescue craft and he has been transported to hospital in a stable condition by CMR ambulance for further care.
TO REPORT A SEA RESCUE EMERGENCY DIAL 112 FROM A CELLPHONE