SEA RESCUE – NSRI – STATION 39, Rocky Bay. STATION 17, Hermanus. STATION 20, Shelly Beach. STATION 10, Simon’s Town. STATION 11, Port Alfred.
Kevin Fourie, NSRI Rocky Bay station commander, said:
At 05h54, Friday 03, January, NSRI Rocky Bay duty crew were activated to Umkomaas to the Umkhomazi River Mouth where a boat capsized.
On arrival on the scene all crew were safely ashore and required no medical attention.
Local boaters righted and recovered the capsize boat.
NSRI commend those who assisted on the scene.
On Sunday, 05 January, our NSRI Rocky Bay duty crew responded to High Rocks, Umkomaas, following reports of a drowning in progress.
Local Charter Dive operators also responded.
On arrival on the scene we found 2 locals males aged 17 and 26 safely on the beach after a local surfer had assisted them to shore after finding them caught in rip currents and they were not injured and they required no further assistance.
The local surfer Troy Crawford is commended for his assistance.
Deon Langenhoven, NSRI Hermanus station commander, said:
At 15h10, Sunday, 05 January, NSRI Hermanus duty crew responded to Hermanus Lagoon following eye-witness reports of a windsurfer in difficulty on the lagoon.
An NSRI trainee crewman was keeping a vigil on a windsurfer in difficulty on the lagoon and NSRI Hermanus duty crew towed the sea rescue craft Maritimus to be launched at the lagoon and WC Government Health EMS responded.
While responding to the scene a private boat intervened and rescued the 56 year old local man and recovered his windsurfer bring him to Grotto Beach where NSRI and EMS paramedics checked the man medically and he required no further assistance.
NSRI commend the private boat crew that assisted.
Jeremiah Jackson, NSRI Shelly Beach station commander, said:
NSRI Shelly Beach duty crew were activated at 14h46, Saturday, 04 January, following a report from Shelly Control for assistance required for a charter boat suffering motor mechanical failure 4 nautical miles off-shore of Margate with 2 crew and 6 passengers.
Our sea rescue craft Spirit of Dawn launched and Med-Evac ambulance services prepared tio launch their rescue craft God’s Grace to assist with crew transfer.
A fellow charter boat, Sosume, towed them towards Shelly Beach, and we met up with them and took over the tow.
At the backline, at Shelly Beach, Med-Evac’s rescue craft assisted with 2 transfers of passengers safely to shore and 3 fellow boats took the additional passengers off the casualty boat taking them safely ashore.
Our sea rescue craft towed them through the surf safely to the beach and once recovered no further assistance was required.
NSRI commend all who assisted in this operation. commend those who went to their aid.
Darren Zimmerman, NSRI Simon’s Town station commander, said:
At 20h55, Saturday, 04 January, NSRI Simon’s Town duty crew were activated following a request for assistance from a local fishing boat suffering fuel filter problems and requiring a tow from off-shore of Millers Point.
The sea rescue craft Spirit of Safmarine III was launched and on arrival on the scene we took them under tow and towed them to Simon’s Town Harbour without incident and moored them at the working jetty and no further assistance was required.
Stephen Slade, NSRI Port Alfred station commander, said:
At 13h07, Thursday, 02 January, NSRI Port Alfred duty crew activated to assist families on a boat upstream reporting motor mechanical failure.
We launched Rescue 11 Alpha and on arrival on the scene we attempted to repair their motor but failing to repair the motor we towed them downstream to Port Alfred and no further assistance was required.
On Saturday morning, 04 January, an NSRI Port Alfred coxswain was dispatched to Kenton-On-Sea to investigate following concerns raised by a father reporting 4 males, aged 21 to 23, who had gone fishing off-shore of Kenton-On-Sea and the father had not seen them for sometime.
During investigations we found that in misty conditions they had gone further out than expected and they beached at Middle Beach and no assistance was required.
The father is commended for raising his concerns giving us the opportunity for an investigation rather than waiting until it is too late.