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HARTBEESPOORT DAM:Arthur Crewe, NSRI Hartbeespoort Dam station commander, said:At 19h04, Thursday, 24 September, NSRI Hartbeespoort Dam duty crew were activated following reports of a boat capsized off-shore of Caribbean Village with multiple persons reported to be in the water and some suspected to be trapped under a capsized boat.Our NSRI auxiliary rescue craft was launched and NSRI shore crew responded to the marina at Caribbean Village.On arrival on the scene we found 2 men on the upturned hull of a capsized ski-boat.They reported that additional crew, including at least 4 children, had been taken to shore by local boats that had come to their assistance and none were injured after their boat capsized while underway.We took the 2 men onboard our rescue craft and we towed the casualty ski-boat to the marina where it was righted and moored and no further assistance was required.NSRI commend the crews on the boats that assisted at the scene.Earlier in the day, in a separate incident, a boat on Hartbeespoort Dam with mechanical motor failure was towed by NSRI Hartbeespoort Dam to the marina at Caribbean Village where once safely moored the family onboard required no further assistance.PLETTENBERG BAY:Ross Badenhorst, NSRI Plettenberg Bay deputy station commander, said:At 10h10, Thursday, 24 September, NSRI Plettenberg Bay duty crew were activated following reports to NSRI EOC (Emergency Operations Centre) of a boat requiring a tow.2 crewman on the casualty boat were off-shore of Arch Rock after both of the casualty boats outboard motors reportedly seized.The sea rescue craft Leonard Smith was launched while NSRI duty controllers requested the casualty crew to drop anchor to prevent their craft from drifting and NSRI assisted to advise the casualty crew with a checklist to try to re-establish motor power but their motors were unable to be started.On NSRI's arrival on the scene a towline was established and we towed the casualty boat to Central Beach where the boat was recovered and no further assistance was required.LANGEBAAN LAGOON:Cedric Brown, NSRI Mykonos duty coxswain, said:At 14h47, Thursday, 24 September, NSRI Mykonos duty crew were activated following a request for assistance from a local cabin boat, with 3 male crew onboard, reporting engine failure just over a nautical mile off-shore of the Langebaan Yacht Club on Langebaan Lagoon.The sea rescue craft Spirit of Rotary – East London was launched and on arrival on the scene a towline was established and we towed the casualty boat safely to shore where no further assistance was required.SHELLY BEACH:Rhuan Beattie, NSRI Shelly Beach duty coxswain, said:At 10h54, Thursday, 24 September, NSRI Shelly Beach duty crew were activated following eye-witness reports of the appearance of a person suspected to be holding onto a shark net buoy off-shore at Hibberdene Beach.NSRI Shelly Beach prepared to launch a sea rescue craft while Med-Evac ambulance services and Police Search and Rescue responded.Greg Massey, Commodore and Safety Officer of the Hibberdene Ski-boat Club, contacted local boats that were at sea and nearby to the scene at the time to also investigate.On closer inspection it was confirmed to be a drum line attached to the shark net and not a person and this was confirmed to be a false alarm with good intentions and no further assistance was required.At 11h33, Thursday, 22 September, NSRI Shelly Beach duty crew were activated following reports from Med-Evac ambulance services of a swimmer in difficulty at Lucien Beach in Manaba.The sea rescue craft Spirit of Dawn was launched.Our NSRI sea rescue vehicle and Police Search and Rescue responded to join Med-Evac paramedics on the scene.It was then confirmed that an unidentified man using a bodyboard had assisted the casualty to shore and the casualty was not injured and no further assistance was required.The unidentified bodyboarder is commended for his assistance.
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