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BALLITO:Brendon Power, NSRI Ballito duty coxswain, said:On Sunday, 18 October, at 06h00, NSRI Ballito duty crew launched the sea rescue craft Freemasons Way and Rescue 41 Alpha wave runner at Tinley Manor to assist Police in an ongoing search for a 33 year old male who went missing in the Surf on Thursday afternoon.At approximately 08h41 while still on the water and conducting the search both sea rescue craft diverted to assist a fisherman on a jet-ski off Salmon Bay after his jet-ski had suffered engine failure.On arrival at the casualty we took the jet-ski under tow to prevent the casualty craft from drifting closer to Shore.It was established that the battery had failed and our wave runner returned to shore to get a jump start kit from our shore crew who had made their way to the Salmon Bay launch site.On the wave runner returning with the battery pack we were able to jump start the casualty craft and then escorted the craft closer to shore where we monitored the local man beaching safely without incident.At 09h39 we received a call from eye-witnesses reporting a drowning in progress at Grannys Pool.Our sea rescue craft diverted to that scene and Kwadukuza lifeguards and NSRI Ballito shore crew were also activated and responded directly to scene.On arrival at scene it was established that a person reported who was witnessed to be in difficulty in the surf had managed to self rescue and required no further assistance.Our sea rescue craft then returned to Tinley Manor to continue to assist Police in their ongoing search for the missing 33 year old man and Police are continuing in that search on Monday.PORT ELIZABETH:On Sunday, 18 October, at 10h32, NSRI Port Elizabeth duty crew launched the sea rescue craft JLT Rescuer to assist 4 locals on a rigid inflatable boat reporting a damaged pontoon off-shore of the Radisson Hotel.On arrival on the scene NSRI escorted the craft to the commercial slipway without incident and once safely ashore no further assistance was required.LANGEBAAN:Mike Shaw, NSRI Mykonos station commander, said:On Sunday, 18 October, NSRI Mykonos duty crew, during routine training exercises, diverted the sea rescue craft Spirit of Rotary - East London to go to the assistance of a 31 year old Cape Town man reporting to have capsized on a RHIB (Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat) off-shore of Paradise Beach.On arrival on the scene we found the man safely ashore.We assisted to recover the casualty RHIB and no further assistance was required.RICHARDS BAY:Jacques Kruger, NSRI Richards Bay duty coxswain, said:On Sunday, 18 October, at 14h00, NSRI Richards Bay duty crew were activated following reports of a 12 meter vessel, approaching Richards Bay from East Africa, with engine failure and they required assistance to get into the Port of Richards Bay.The sea rescue craft Spirit of Richards Bay was launched and we rendezvoused with the vessel 5 nautical miles North East of the Port.A towline was established and we towed them into the Port of Richards Bay without incident and rafter alongside on entering the Port to assist them to a safe mooring.Once safely moored no further assistance was required and the crew will affect repairs before continuing on to her home Port at Simonstown.
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