STRAND and GORDON’S BAY:
Alan Meiklejohn, NSRI Gordon’s Bay station commander, said:
On Saturday, 01 February, at 20h06, NSRI Gordon’s Bay duty crew were activated to eye-witness reports of a man entering the sea at Strand Beach and the man reportedly disappeared in the surf.
The sea rescue craft Spirit of Surfski was launched and our sea rescue vehicle and GB Med Security ambulance service responded to investigate and the SA Police Services were alerted.
No sign of the man was located and the situation was monitored over the weekend but no missing persons reports have been received by Police that may be related to this incident.
On Saturday, 01 February, at 22h04, NSRI Gordon’s Bay duty crew were activated following reports of red distress flares sighted in the vicinity of off-shore of Harbour Island and a Mayday distress call was reported at the same time.
The sea rescue craft Spirit of Surfski was launched and on arrival on the scene we found a Catamaran boat water logged and with motor mechanical failure and 2 adult males and a child on board which included a local father and his son.
The child was transferred onto the sea rescue craft and during attempts to tow the vessel to the harbour the vessel capsized and the 2 men were taken onboard the sea rescue craft.
Our sea rescue craft Jack & Irene was launched and in rough sea conditions the casualty boat was abandoned.
On Sunday we launched the 2 sea rescue craft and located, righted and recovered the casualty boat.
Ian klopper, NSRI Kommetjie station commander, said:
At 12h05, Saturday, 01 February, NSRI Kommetjie duty crew launched the sea rescue craft Spirit of the Vines and our sea rescue vehicle responded to Scarborough following reports of a kite-boarder in difficulty.
Eye-witnesses could see the kite and board adrift at but could see no sign of the kite-boarder.
On our NSRI shore crew arriving on the scene the kite was monitored drifting and a second kite-boarder appeared to attempt to recover the drifting kite and the board.
The sea rescue craft arrived on the scene and recovered a kite adrift at sea confirmed to be one of the men’s kite and both kite-boarders were located on the beach safely ashore with the rest of their equipment.
The kite was returned to the owner and no further assistance was required.