NSRI SAFETY ALERT:
With New Years now upon us and during the coming weekend after New Years Eve NSRI are appealing to the public to be safe in and around water.
This safety alert comes after multiple incidents were attended to by NSRI stations around the coast and on inland waters on Sunday and Monday.
Police divers and local Police, assisted by NSRI Melkbosstrand, lifeguards and Law Enforcement officers, are continuing in an ongoing search operation at Melkbosstrand, where a teenager, from Manenberg, went missing in the water while swimming with his family members on Sunday.
Our thoughts remain with the family of the missing teenager in this difficult time.
We are appealing to bathers to only swim at beaches protected by lifeguards and swim in between the lifeguards safe swimming zone flags posted by the lifeguards on the beach.
Lifeguards regularly move these flags when rip currents form and we are appealing to the public to obey the lifeguards instructions to only swim in between their flags.
Families visiting the beach should approach the lifeguards if they are separated from family members or if they need assistance.
NSRI are appealing to fishermen, coastline rock anglers and hikers, to take heed of the increasing Spring tides. This months full moon Spring tide that peaks on Wednesday, 30 December, and we appeal for caution around the coastline.
Boaters, paddlers and sail boarders are urged to wear properly fitting and fastened life-jackets while your craft is underway.
We are appealing to boaters to make sure that their craft are in working order and their motors are serviced before launching.
Boaters, paddlers and sailors are urged to download and use the NSRI RSA SafeTrx cellphone app and have safety equipment and and emergency plan in place.
We are appealing to parents to make sure that there is a designated responsible person watching over children in and around water, at coastal and inland waters and at swimming pools.
NSRI has developed a safety swimming monitor ID tag to be worn by the responsible person overseeing children when they are swimming.
For information on the Safety Monitor ID tag and NSRI water safety tips go to our web page at www.nsri.org.za.
Andre Fraser, NSRI Mossel Bay station commander, said:
At 10h30, Monday, 28 December, NSRI Mossel Bay duty crew were placed on alert to prepare to patient evacuate a 29 year old Filipino crewman, suffering an injury, off a crude oil tanker that was approaching Mossel Bay from deep-sea.
NSRI EOC (Emergency Operations Centre), Telkom Maritime Radio Services, a WC Government Health EMS duty doctor, the Transnet Port Health Authority, By Grace ambulance services, the ship agent, NSRI Mossel Bay duty controllers and Transnet National Ports Authority, assisted MRCC (Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre) in operational logistics and coordination).
At 12h30 we launched the sea rescue craft St Blaize Rescuer and we rendezvoused with the crude oil tanker in the Bay.
The patient, in a stable condition, was transferred onto our sea rescue craft and brought to our NSRI Mossel Bay sea rescue station and he was transported to hospital in a By Grace ambulance and no further assistance was required.
Ross Badenhorst, NSRI Plettenberg Bay deputy station commander, said:
NSRI Plettenberg Bay duty crew responded to 4 incidents in quick succession on Monday afternoon.
At 16h04, Monday, 28 December, the sea rescue craft Ray Farnham Rescuer, Leonard Smith, Rescue Free Runner and our rescue jet-rib, were launched and NSRI medics, WC Government Health EMS and ER24 ambulance services responded to Keurbooms River Mouth where a man was injured by boat motor propellors, suffering laceration.
On arrival on the scene, at the slip-way at Keurbooms Caravan Park, the local man, age 36, was treated for lacerations sustained by boat propellor motors.
A Durbanville doctor, on holiday in the area, assisted NSRI medics with medical treatment to the casualty until the paramedics arrived.
The man was transported to hospital by ER24 ambulance in a stable condition.
Then at 16h17, we were alerted to a suspected boat capsized 1 kilometer off-shore of Central Beach.
The sea rescue craft Ray Farnham Rescuer and Leonard Smith responded but found that it was paddlers on surf-ski’s who needed no assistance and this was a false alarm with good intentions.
Then at 16h58 the sea rescue craft Ray Farnham Rescuer responded to Salt Rock where a couple reported their Golden Retriever dog had collapsed from exhaustion on a hiking trail.
On arrival on the scene the dog was carried to a sea rescue craft and loaded with its owners and they were brought to Natures Valley car park where they were collected by family members and the dog is expected to fully recover from exhaustion.
Then at 18h44 we dispatched our NSRI Plettenberg Bay duty crew to Robberg Beach where 3 females, aged 13, and a male, aged 17, suffered non-fatal drowning symptoms.
On arrival on the scene they were treated for non-fatal drowning symptoms before we took them to hospital in our sea rescue vehicle.
All 4 are expected to make full recoveries.
Andre Barnard, NSRI Hermanus station commander, said:
At 13h20, Monday, 28 December, NSRI Hermanus duty crew were activated following reports of a sea-kayak appearing to be adrift and unmanned off-shore of De Kelders, near to Gansbaai.
The sea rescue craft Rotarian Burnett and South Star were launched and Overberg Fire and Rescue Services responded.
Prior to NSRI arriving on the scene Overberg Fire and Rescue Services confirmed that a local father, age 61, and his daughter, age 23, were safe out of the water at Schulpiesbaai.
A local doctor assisted on the scene and he sutured lacerations that were sustained by the daughter.
Our sea rescue craft Rotarian Burnett located and recovered their sea-kayak which had been damaged after washing up on rocks and the sea-kayak was brought to our sea rescue station and the family will collect the sea-kayak from our NSRI Hermanus sea rescue station during this week.
Mike Shaw, NSRI Mykonos station commander, said:
At 22h49, Monday, 28 December, NSRI Mykonos duty crew and the SA Police Services were activated to investigate a kite-boarders bag left on the shoreline.
An eye-witness called NSRI EOC (Emergency Operations Centre) reporting that they had seen a kite-boarder launching to go to sea earlier but his bag was left on the shoreline and they feared that he may not have returned and he may be missing at sea.
The sea rescue craft Spirit of Rotary – East London was hitched to our sea rescue vehicle and we were towing the sea rescue craft to the scene when prior to NSRI arriving on the scene the kite-boarder was found by the eye-witness, assisted by the Police.
He was safely ashore and his bag was recovered and no further assistance was required.
Arthur Crewe, NSRI Hartbeespoort Dam station commander, said:
At around 16h00, Monday, 28 December, our NSRI Hartbeespoort Dam duty crew dispatched the NSRI rescue craft Rotary Endeavour to assist a family on a RHIB (rigid hull inflatable boat) after their boat overheated after the motor propellors got caught up in dense Hyacinth.
On arrival on the scene we assisted the family, mother, father and their 3 boys, to get their boat out of the Hyacinth and they required no further assistance.
Jeremiah Jackson, NSRI Shelly Beach station commander, said:
At 15h45, Monday, 28 December, NSRI Shelly Beach duty crew were activated following reports from Shelly Control reporting a charter boat suffering one of her outboard engines had failed.
The sea rescue craft Shelly Spirit was dispatched with a charter company mechanic onboard who repaired the starter motor to the casualty boat at sea.
Under their own motor power they beached safely and no further assistance was required.