Michael Van Den Bergh, NSRI Jeffreys Bay Station Commander, said:
An NSRI pink rescue buoy has successfully been used in a surf rescue in Jeffreys Bay bringing the NSRI Pink Rescue Buoys total successful deployments to date to 51.
On Friday afternoon, 29 November, an NSRI rescue swimmer deployed into the surf at Magnas Beach, a popular surf spot, with the NSRI Pink Rescue Buoy stationed at Magnas Beach, where a male aged approximately 7 and a male aged 15 were seen in difficulty in the surfline.
The NSRI rescue swimmer reached the child and the teenager and with the aid of the NSRI Pink Rescue Buoy flotation device, the child was assisted to the shore while the 15 year old, a good swimmer, was able to swim with them back to the shore.
Once safely ashore no further assistance was required.
Darren Zimmerman, NSRI Simon’s Town station commander, said:
At 22h49, Friday, 29 November, NSRI Simon’s Town duty crew were placed on alert following a call to NSRI EOC (Emergency Operations Centre) from the owner of a local fishing boat reporting a 45 year old local crewman on board to be suffering a medical emergency. The fishing boat made it’s way towards Cape Point from the fishing grounds.
The skipper of the boat was requested to radio call Telkom Maritime Radio Services to establish radio communications and MRCC (Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre) arranged the Government Health EMS duty doctor to medically evaluate the patient. It was decided the best course of action would be for him to be evacuated as soon as possible.
The sea rescue craft Spirit of Safmarine III was launched, accompanied by a CMR (Cape Medical Response) rescue paramedic and rendezvoused with the fishing boat 11 nautical miles off Cape Point.
The patient was stabilised by the paramedic and transferred onto our sea rescue craft, where he was brought back to our Simon’s Town base and transported to hospital by CMR ambulance in a stable condition.
The operation was completed at 04h47 on Saturday morning.
Kelly-Ann Evada Irving, NSRI Kommetjie Deputy Station Commander, said:
At 13h31, Saturday, 30th November, NSRI Kommetjie duty crew, during routine training on our sea rescue craft Spirit of the Vines, assisted the crew of a rigid inflatable boat (RIB) that had motor mechanical failure off Kommetjie.
NSRI had seen another boat towing the casualty RIB and NSRI took over the tow.
We towed the casualty craft to Kommetjie slipway without incident and assisted her crew to recover their boat.
Travis Clack, NSRI Witbank station commander, said:
At 18h30, Saturday 30 November, NSRI Witbank duty crew were activated following reports from Legacy emergency services of a vehicle allegedly rolled into the swimming pool at the Witbank pleasure resort.
Our NSRI rescue crew dispatched and on arrival on the scene Legacy ambulance had already treated and transported a patient to the hospital.
Witbank Fire and Rescue Services , Law Enforcement, SA Police Services and SACCW where also on scene.
NSRI assisted the rescue services ensuring no one was still trapped inside the vehicle.
We assisted in treating a patient with injuries shock and the patient was taken into the care of paramedics.
The vehicle was due to be recovered from the pool on Sunday.
We stood down at 21h30 from scene.
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