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KOMMETJIE:Kelly-Ann Irving, NSRI Kommetjie deputy station commander, said:At 15h51, Sunday, 14 June, NSRI Kommetjie duty crew were activated following reports of a kite-boarder suspected to be missing off-shore at Misty Cliffs.Our sea rescue vehicle responded to the location to investigate and NSRI coast watchers between Scarborough and Misty Cliffs were activated to look out.During investigations it was determined that the kite boarder, a 49 year old British man who is living in South Africa, had come ashore and he had made contact with the eye-witness who had called NSRI.It appears that while kite-boarding on a downwind sail from Witsands to Scarborough the wind direction had changed causing him to abandon the downwind sail and instead come ashore at Misty Cliffs.NSRI rendezvoused with the man and he was fine and in need of no assistance.PORT ELIZABETH:Justin Erasmus, NSRI Port Elizabeth station commander, said:At 20h30, Sunday, 14 June, NSRI Port Elizabeth were alerted to prepare to patient evacuate an injured 43 year old Ukrainian crewman from a bulk carrier heading towards Port Elizabeth and expected to arrive in Port Elizabeth on Monday morning.The crewman had suffered an injury in a fall.At 07h45, Monday, 15 June, our NSRI Port Elizabeth duty crew launched on the sea rescue craft Spirit of Toft accompanied by 2 EC Government Health EMS rescue paramedics and we rendezvoused with the bulk carrier at her anchorage in Algoa Bay.An NSRI rescue swimmer and 2 EMS rescue paramedics boarded the vessel and the patient was taken into the care of the EMS rescue paramedics from the ships medical crew.The patient was secured into a stokes basket stretcher and transferred by technical rope rescue extrication from the ships deck onto our sea rescue craft.In the care of the EMS rescue paramedics he was brought to our sea rescue base and the patient has been transported to hospital by EMS ambulance in a stable condition.All Covid-19 precautions and protocols were observed during the operation.NSRI Emergency Operations Centre, Telkom Maritime Radio Services, WC Government Health EMS, EC Government Health EMS, NSRI Port Elizabeth duty controllers, Transnet National Ports Authority and Port Health Authorities assisted Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre in communications, coordination and logistics during the operation.
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