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VICTORIA BAY:Garth Dominy, NSRI Wilderness station commander, said:At 15h43, Friday, 5 February, NSRI Wilderness duty crew were alerted to reports of a non-fatal drowning at Victoria Bay.Reports received from eye-witnesses confirmed that a 14 year old local female had been rescued from the water by off-duty Victoria Bay Lifesaving lifeguards and she was on the beach where a doctor, who happened to be on the beach at the time, was attending to her.Our NSRI rescue vehicle was dispatched, WC Government Health EMS and ER24 ambulance services responded.On arrival on the scene the casualty female was found to be unconscious following a non-fatal drowning accident and she was in the care of the doctor and being assisted by the off-duty lifeguards.NSRI medics, assisted by EMS paramedics, stabilised the patient on the scene and she was transported to hospital by EMS ambulance in a stable condition.NSRI commend the Victoria Bay lifeguards for their efforts and we thanked the doctor for his assistance on the scene.NSRI are informed that the patient was kept in hospital for medical care before being released in good health.RAMSGATE:Jeremiah Jackson, NSRI Shelly Beach station commander said:NSRI Shelly Beach were alerted to eye-witness reports suggesting a boat flashing lights appearing to be an SOS signal towards the shore, off-shore between Ramsgate and Southbroom, KZN South Coast.NSRI Shore crew were dispatched to investigate.We confirmed that a local fishing vessel were fishing off-shore of the Ramsgate Ski-boat club and their deck lights gave land observers the false impression of flashing lights as their boat rolled up and down with the normal sea swells but they were all well, fishing and they required no assistance.NSRI thanked the numerous callers for their vigilance and for their concern.CAPE VIDAL:Jan Hoffman, NSRI St Lucia station commander, said:At 09h08, Saturday, 6 February, NSRI St Lucia duty crew were alerted to reports of a non-fatal drowning accident at Cape Vidal.Reports received suggested that the man, from Kempton Park, had been fishing from his paddle-ski and while returning to shore he capsized in the surfline.2 public members, seeing the man in difficulty, swam out to him and assisted him to get to the shore and the Good Samaritans, a male and a female, are commended for rescuing the man from the surf.Cape Vidal Marine Conservation were alerted and they responded to the scene.On arrival on the scene it was found that bystanders, and the 2 Good Samaritans who rescued the man, had moved him off the beach to the car park.Cape Vidal Marine Conservation manager, James Wood, brought the man to the NSRI St Lucia sea rescue base where he was attended to by our NSRI duty doctor, Dr. Simon.Following medical treatment the man was released requiring no further assistance and he was dropped off at a camp site where he is staying on a holiday.NSRI have thanked the Cape Vidal Marine Conservation manager, James Wood, for his assistance.MOUILLE POINTMarc de Vos, NSRI Table Bay station commander, said:At 16h02, Saturday, 6 February, NSRI Table Bay duty crew were alerted following eye-witness reports of a small inflatable boat appearing to be in difficulty close inshore at Green Point Lighthouse with 2 people onboard.NSRI Table Bay coast watchers were alerted to look-out, NSRI Table Bay shore crew responded to the scene and our duty crew responded to our rescue station and we launched the sea rescue craft Spirit of Day.Shore crew and coast watchers confirmed that the small inflatable boat, with a man and a woman onboard, appeared to be having difficulty starting their motors and they were drifting into the kelp line.Our sea rescue craft arrived on the scene and we took the couple, from Brackenfell, onto our sea rescue craft and rafted their small inflatable boat to head further out to sea and out of the breaker line.A short towline was established and we towed their boat to the Three Anchor bay slip-way, where they had launched from earlier, and once safely ashore they required no further assistance.NSRI commend the eye-witnesses who raised the alarm. PLETTENBERG BAY:Ross Badenhorst, NSRI Plettenberg Bay acting station commander, said:At 18h16, Saturday, 6 February, NSRI Plettenberg Bay duty crew were activated following reports of a non-fatal drowning at Robberg 5, Plettenberg Bay.NSRI crew responded to the scene where a 74 year old local man had been rescued from the surf by duty lifeguards.The man was treated on the beach for non-fatal drowning symptoms before being transported to hospital by Medlife ambulance in a stable condition.NSRI commend a final year medical student who assisted on the scene with medical care and we commend the lifeguards for their swift reaction in rescuing the man from the surf.
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