NSRI volunteers from Jeffreys Bay Station 37 assisted in a search for missing man on Saturday, while volunteers from Witsand Station 33 assisted a boat in difficulty and in need of a tow.
The incidents occurred as follows:
Michael van den Bergh, NSRI Jeffreys Bay station commander, said:
At 10h07, Saturday, 27 June, NSRI Jeffreys Bay duty crew were activated to assist the JBay Trauma Center in a shoreline search between Main beach and Kabeljous for a local 61 year old man who had failed to return home from a walk the night before.Our NSRI Quad bike, sea rescue vehicle and crew members searched along the beach assisting local community services and family members in an extensive search.
While searching The Jbay Trauma center confirmed that the man was located near to his home and he was reunited with his family.
The man was safe, he was not injured and no further assistance was required.
Hennie Kok, NSRI Witsand deputy station commander, said:
At 12h42, Saturday, 27 June, NSRI Witsand duty crew were activated following reports of a boat that broke its mooring and at low tide drifted onto a sandbank.
Although no one was onboard and there were no lives in any danger the casualty boat was at risk of being swept away by the rising tide in storm weather conditions.
NSRI Witsand duty crew responded aboard the sea rescue craft Breede Rescuer and took the casualty boat under tow and the boat was towed and secured to her mooring without incident and no further assistance was required.
The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) is the charity organisation that saves lives on South African waters – both coastal and inland. Our goal is to prevent drowning through rescue operations, education and prevention initiatives.
Operating from base stations along the SA coastline, and on inland dams, our rescue volunteers are on call, at all hours, every day of the year. Our rescue crew receives no payment and neither do we charge the people we rescue.
We visit schools around the country, teaching children about water safety. Our drowning prevention measures include our online training academy, with free courses for crew and the public, emergency signage, Pink Rescue Buoys for emergency flotation, rescue swimmers, lifeguards, and active patrols during peak seasons.
Our organisation is totally reliant on donations and sponsorships. This enables us to do the work of saving lives, changing lives, and creating futures.
You can do your bit to assist. Please visit www.nsri.org.za for more information.
SEA RESCUE EMERGENCY: 112 or 087 094 9774