Kevin Warren, NSRI Port Elizabeth duty coxswain, said:
At 11h00, Monday, 16th March, NSRI Port Elizabeth duty crew were activated to prepare to launch to rendezvous with a fishing trawler heading towards Port Elizabeth to patient evacuate a crewman reported to be injured on board.
At 14h47 the sea rescue craft JLT Rescuer was launched, accompanied by an EC Government Health EMS rescue paramedic, and rendezvoused with the 20 meter fishing trawler off Cannon Rocks and found alocal adult male patient to be in a stable condition.
The patient was transferred onto our sea rescue craft and brought to our rescue station and was taken to hospital for further medical care.
On Wednesday, at 08h56, NSRI Port Elizabeth duty crew were placed on alert to begin preparations to launch a sea rescue craft to medivac a crewman suffering a medical complaint off a bulk carrier off the port of Port Elizabeth.
The sea rescue craft Spirit of Toft was launched at 10h56 accompanied by EC Government Health EMS rescue paramedics.
On arrival at the ship, approximately 2 nautical miles off the port, a 39 year old Filipino patient was transferred onto our sea rescue craft and brought to our rescue station. He has been taken to hospital in a stable condition for further medical care.
Jeremiah Jackson, NSRI Shelly Beach station commander, said:
At 09h10, Thursday, 19th March, NSRI Shelly Beach duty crew were activated to reports of a drowning in progress at Margate Beach Club Resort.
NSRI Shelly Beach rescue swimmers, SA Police Services and Police Search and Rescue, Medevac ambulance services and local lifeguards responded.
On arrival on the scene, two people, believed to be aged in their early 20’s, were found safe out of the water after being caught in rip currents while swimming. They had reached the beach and safety without assistance and were not injured.
Lifeguards launched their rescue inflatable craft and reached a 21 year old local male in the surfline who was caught in rip currents and who was being swept away into deeper water.
They rescued him onto their rescue craft and brought him to shore where paramedics treated him for non-fatal drowning symptoms and transported him to hospital for further medical care.
The swift response to this incident and the precision rescue efforts by the local lifeguards is commended.
Marc de Vos, NSRI Table Bay station commander, said:
At 08h41, Thursday, 19th March, NSRI Table Bay duty crew launched the sea rescue craft Spirit of Vodacom to assist a local yacht sailing from Langebaan, with 6 local crew on board, reporting engine problems and requiring assistance to get into Port.
We rendezvoused with the yacht off the breakwater and took it under tow and without incident to North Wharf by the Aquarium. No further assistance was required.
The operation was completed at 09h34.