Paul Bevis, NSRI Durban duty coxswain, said:
At 10h48, Saturday, 25th January, NSRI Durban duty crew dispatched the Sea Rescue craft Spirit of Surfski 6, accompanied by 2 Police Search and Rescue divers and a Metro Police Search and Rescue diver, following reports of a Hobie-Cat capsized in Durban harbour near to the passenger terminal during a club routine Saturday regatta.
A Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) dive boat was nearby at the time and they responded and rescued 2 local adult men from the upturned hull of their sail craft and a Point Yacht Club safety boat attended at the scene.
TNPA divers entered the water to commence righting the capsized sail craft using the TNPA dive boat and NSRI rescue swimmers and a Police Search and Rescue diver were deployed into the water to assist.
The TNPA dive boat towed the capsized craft to Central Bank and the sailboat was righted and our sea rescue craft took over the tow of the Hobie Cat from the TNPA dive boat and the sail craft was towed to Point Yacht Club and recovered.
There were no injuries and no further assistance was required.
Ian Klopper, NSRI Kommetjie station commander, said:
At 15h27, Saturday, 25th January, NSRI Kommetjie duty crew were activated to reports of a kiteboarder in difficulty off-shore of Cape Point main parking on the Atlantic Coast side.
NSRI Kommetjie dispatched the Sea Rescue craft Spirit of the Vines and a Sea Rescue vehicle responded. NSRI Hout Bay were placed on alert and NSRI Simon’s Town dispatched the Sea Rescue craft Spirit of Safmarine III.
TMNP (Table Mountain National Park) rangers were also activated.
On arrival on the scene an adult male kite-boarder was found safely ashore and NSRI recovered the kiteboard adrift at sea and no further assistance was required.
On Friday, 24th January, NSRI Kommetjie duty crew were activated to reports of a kiteboarder in difficulty off-shore of the Crayfish Factory.
NSRI Kommetjie dispatched the Sea Rescue craft Spirit of the Vines and a sea rescue vehicle responded, NSRI Hout Bay were placed on alert.
On arrival on the scene a adult male kite-boarder was found safely ashore and NSRI recovered the kiteboard which was adrift at sea and found entangled in kelp and no further assistance was required.
On Thursday, 23rd January, NSRI Kommetjie duty crew were activated to reports of a Windsurfer in difficulty off-shore of Sunset Reef, Long Beach, Kommetjie, after the wind died down causing the windsurfer to be unable to sail back to shore.
On arrival on the scene, an adult male windsurfer was found adrift 500 meters off-shore and NSRI recovered the man and his windsurfer and he was brought to shore and no further assistance was required.
Reinard Geldenhuys, NSRI Agulhas station commander, said:
At 08h00, Saturday, 25th January, NSRI Agulhas duty crew were activated following a request for assistance from a fishing “chuckie” boat at Vlakbank, 5 nautical miles from Struisbaai reporting motor mechanical problems.
While preparing for the rescue, we received a call for a man reporting a medical emergency on the coast near De Mond.
This call now took priority and our NSRI Agulhas duty crew was dispatched by land with the NSRI rescue vehicle.
On arrival on scene a 57 year old male from Koue Bokkeveld was treated on the scene before we transported him to the local doctor’s surgery.
WC Government Health EMS were activated and an EMS ambulance transported the man to Bredasdorp Hospital in a stable condition.
Our duty crew launched our Sea Rescue craft Spirit of Agulhas and rendezvoused with the fishing boat at Vlakbank and we towed them to Struisbaai harbour without incident and no further assistance was required.
Andre Fraser, NSRI Mossel Bay station commander, said:
At 17h09, Saturday, 25th January, NSRI Mossel Bay duty crew were activated to assist a Fishing Company to transport oil to one of their fishing vessels at sea.
The Sea Rescue craft St Blaize Rescuer was launched carrying oil on board to take to the Esra Cruz some 4 nautical miles from Mossel Bay Port.
After transferring the oil we returned to Port as no further assistance were required.
Alan Meiklejohn, NSRI Gordon’s Bay station commander, said:
At 10h33, Sunday, 26th January, NSRI Gordon’s Bay duty crew and GB Med Security ambulance services responded to Whale Look Out Point, Gordon’s Bay, following reports of a Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB) washing towards rocks.
The Sea Rescue craft Spirit of Surfski was launched and Sea Rescue vehicle and GB Med Security ambulance responded.
On arrival on the scene a RIB was found washed onto rocks, and 3 persons, females, 2 adults and a child, were ashore and suffering scratches and bruising. They were treated by paramedics and will go to a hospital using their own transport for further care.
NSRI has been able to recover the casualty RIB off the rocks and towed to deeper water before towing the craft to Gordon’s Bay harbour where it was recovered.
Lodewyk van Rensburg, NSRI Oyster Bay station commander, said:
On Sunday, 26th January, NSRI Oyster Bay duty crew responded to assist where a Dwarf Sperm Whale beached at Oyster Bay beach.
The whale, appearing to be in poor health, was attended to on the scene and Bay World Marine Scientists assisted with advice and DEFF (The Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries) were alerted.
The whale was loaded onto a back-board and transported to deep sea off-shore of Oyster Bay on our Sea Rescue craft Pierre Oyster Bay 1 and the whale was released.
The whale appeared to swim away once it was released and as a precaution NSRI monitored the coastline.
Later, on Sunday, the whale beached again at the Eastern Rocks of Oyster Bay Beach.
DEFF and Bay World were contacted and on examination, finding the whale to be in poor health, arrangements were made and the whale has been humanely euthanized.
Samples of the whale have been collected for Bay World and DEFF.
NSRI commend the public for their concern.
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