Kite boarder assisted and in another incident a kayaker rescued by his fellow yacht crew – Langebaan.
3 incidents in quick succession – Kommetjie, Scarborough and Noordhoek:
Mike Shaw, NSRI Mykonos station commander, said:
At 16h59, Saturday, 5 September, NSRI Mykonos duty crew were activated following eye-witness reports of a kite boarder appearing to be unable to get his his kite airborne and he was adrift in the water 150 meters off-shore of The Cove on Langebaan lagoon.
The sea rescue craft Spirit of Surfski 5 was launched and while responding to the scene additional calls from eye-witnesses were received for the same incident.
On the sea rescue craft arriving on the scene the 37 year old male kite-boarder had managed to reach the shore and he was safe.
NSRI located and recovered the kite from the water and indicated to the man and his family, who were on the beach, that they can collect the kite at the NSRI Mykonos sea rescue station and they arrived at NSRI a short while later to pick up their kite and no further assistance was required.
NSRI commend the vigilant eye-witnesses for their observations and for swiftly raising the alarm.
On Sunday, 6 September, at 14h29, NSRI Mykonos duty crew were activated to a man on a kayak believed to be in difficulty on Langebaan Lagoon at Leentjies Klip.
Prior to arriving on the scene it was confirmed that the kayaker was rescued by his fellow crew of a yacht that he had launched from earlier and he was back onboard the yacht and safe and he required no further assistance.
KOMMETJIE, SCARBOROUGH and NOORDHOEK:
Ian Klopper, NSRI Kommetjie station commander, said:
At 11h29, Sunday, 6 September, NSRI Kommetjie duty crew were activated following reports from CMR (Cape Medical Response) of a drowning in progress at Noordhoek Beach.
The NSRI Kommetjie sea rescue craft IL Batello, conducting routine training at Scarborough, was diverted to respond to Noordhoek Beach.
NSRI Hout Bay duty crew were alerted and sea rescue craft that were engaged in routine training in Hout Bay were diverted to respond to Noordhoek.
A CMR rescue vehicle and ambulance responded and the NSRI Kommetjie sea rescue vehicle and ATV (All Terrain Vehicle) responded.
It appears that 2 male children got swept out to sea by rip currents. Their dad went after them but he was also caught by the strong rip currents.
While NSRI and CMR were responding to the scene it was confirmed that the 2 local boys and their dad were safe out of the water.
On arrival on the scene the father and the 2 children were treated by CMR paramedics and NSRI medics for hypothermia and they required no further assistance.
The family are from Hout Bay.
NSRI has learned that a local surfer, 37 year old Nick Ornellas, from Capri, was walking on the beach when a lady alerted him to her 2 children and her husband in difficulty in strong rip currents at Noordhoek Beach.
Using his body board Nick paddled out to sea and he rescued the 2 children and he brought them safely to the beach using his body board to assist with floatation.
The dad was able to get to shore safely without assistance.
NSRI commend local surfer Nick Ornellas for his swift action that contributed to the 2 boys lives being saved.
NSRI Kommetjie were then alerted to a report of a person caught in strong rip currents and being swept out to sea at Scarborough.
Sea rescue craft and the NSRI Kommetjie sea rescue vehicle were diverted to respond to Scarborough but prior to arriving on the scene NSRI Kommetjie duty controllers were informed that an unidentified surfer reached the casualty and assisted the casualty to the shore and no further assistance was required.
While NSRI crew were on Noordhoek Beach a local female resident requested NSRI Kommetjie crew to please keep a lookout for her dog that had wandered off on a walk.
The sea rescue ATV (All Terrain Vehicle) searched along Noordhoek Beach towards Kommetjie and the NSRI crew located a dog fitting the description and the dog reacted positively to its name – Milo.
Milo was taken onboard the NSRI ATV and transported on the beach where Milo was reunited with its owner.