On Sunday, NSRI crew from Station 20 – Shelly Beach assisted two men whose boat had capsized while Crew from Station 21 – St Francis Bay assisted an injured water skier.
The incidents occurred as follows:
STATION 20 – Shelly Beach
Jeremiah Jackson, NSRI Shelly Beach station commander, said:
At 10h00 on Sunday, 12th January, while our duty crew were at sea on routine exercises aboard our sea rescue craft Spirit of Dawn and Shelly Spirit, we diverted to assist at Ramsgate where a boat had capsized with 2 men onboard.
Mzantsi Facilitators S.A.Guard lifeguards, Police Search and Rescue and Med-Evac ambulance services were in attendance.
The 2 men had been assisted to shore by lifeguards and bystanders had reportedly also assisted.
The casualty craft was in the surfline and being swept towards the backline and a lifeguard RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) launched to attempt to tow the casualty craft to shore.
Med-Evac ambulance launched their rescue craft God’s Grace to assist.
On NSRI arriving on the scene aboard the 2 sea rescue craft the casualty craft was found in the capsize position.
We righted the craft and towed the casualty craft to shore and once recovered no further assistance was required.
STATION 21 – St Francis Bay
Garth Shamley, NSRI St Francis Bay duty coxswain, said:
At 18h06, Sunday, 12th January, NSRI St Francis Bay duty crew were activated following a request for assistance from an NSRI Oyster Bay crewman, on the Krom River in his private boat, reporting a teenager injured while water-skiing on a knee-board on the river 4 kilometers upstream.
The NSRI Oyster Bay crewman, Marc Mans, had witnessed the accident and using his private boat he went to the aid of the male teenager and alerted NSRI St Francis Bay.
Marc had secured the teenager onto a board, removing him from the water, and taking him onboard his boat and the teenager was transported to Marc’s housing complex where NSRI St Francis Bay medics and Private Care ambulance services rendezvoused with them. The teenager was taken into the care of paramedics and was transported to hospital by Private Care ambulance in a stable condition, accompanied by his dad.
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