Alan Meiklejohn, NSRI Gordon’s Bay station commander, said:
At 18h25, Tuesday, 03 December, NSRI Gordon’s Bay duty crew were activated following eye-witness reports of 2 jet ski’s adrift close to the harbour wall at Harbour Island, Gordon’s Bay, and persons reported to be in the water.
Our duty crew launched the sea rescue craft Spirit of Surfski and NSRI rescue crew responded directly to the scene. GB Med Security ambulance services and WC Government Health EMS rescue squad responded.
On arrival on the scene a jet-ski was found in the surf line being washed against rocks next to the harbour and one jet-ski was under power without a skipper and moving in circles outside the harbour entrance in big surf conditions.
The skippers of the 2 jet-ski’s, local men, were safe ashore, they had swum ashore, and they were taken into the care of NSRI rescuers and paramedics and both had scrapes and bruises after reportedly abandoning their jet-skis when they got into difficulty in the surf.
The jet-ski that was washing against the rocks at first was not accessible to be recovered.
Despite rough seas, our Sea Rescue Coxswain maneuvered the rescue boat alongside the second unmanned and out of control jetski, whereupon a Sea Rescue crewman leapt aboard and took control of it. The jetski was then driven into the harbour where it was recovered undamaged.
Assisted by bystanders NSRI crew were able to recover the second jet-ski off the rocks. That jet-ski appears to have sustained significant damage.
Paramedics treated the 2 men for lacerations, scrapes and bruises and they were released requiring no further assistance.
NSRI commend the swift response and the bystanders who assisted.
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