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Port Edward, Port Alfred, Gordon's Bay, Shelly Beach and Yzerfontein respond to incidents this weekend.

PORT EDWARD: Gert du Plessis, NSRI Port Edward station commander, said:

At 15H00, Friday, 23 April, NSRI Port Edward duty crew were activated following reports of a jet-ski capsized in the surf at Silver Beach. NSRI crew, Med-Evac ambulance services, Hibiscus Fire and Rescue Services and Police Search and Rescue responded to the scene. On arrival we found a Johannesburg man in command of jet-ski that he had recovered after it had capsized and washed ashore and he had proceeded back into the surfline where he capsized again. NSRI crew helped him out of the water and helped him to recover the jet-ski. He was not injured and he was advised that Silver Beach is a launch site for craft to launch only to get to get to the backline and to recover craft and jet-skiing in the surfline is prohibited. He had not been aware of this.

PORT ALFRED: Gerrit Cloete, NSRI Port Alfred duty coxswain, said:

At 14h55, Saturday, 24 April, NSRI Port Alfred duty crew were activated following reports of a jet-ski capsized in the Kowie River Mouth with 2 people reported to be in the water. Our duty crew launched the sea rescue craft Rescue 11 Alpha and on arrival on the scene we found both jet-skiers, an adult male and an adult female, locals, safely ashore at a private mooring close to the East Pier and their jet-ski had also washed ashore and was secured to the mooring. It appears that they were capsized by a wave in the surfline before washing through the river mouth into the Kowie River where they managed to swim ashore. They were not injured and they required no assistance.

GORDONS BAY: Alan Meiklejohn, NSRI Gordons Bay station commander, said:

At 15h38, Saturday, 24 April, NSRI Gordons Bay duty crew were activated following a request for assistance from the skipper of a local ski-boat. They were off-shore of Harbour Island at anchor and in no danger and they required assistance to get into Harbour Island after their boat suffered mechanical engine failure. We launched the sea rescue craft Spirit of Surfski and on arrival on the scene we established a towline and we towed them into Harbour Island to their moorings without incident and they required no further assistance.

SHELLY BEACH: Jeremiah Jackson, NSRI Shelly Beach station commander, said:

All 3 men are accounted for and safely ashore after their boat capsized in the surfline at Shelly Beach while launching to go fishing this morning. NSRI Shelly Beach duty crew were activated by Shelly Beach Control at 06h41, Sunday, 25 April, following reports of a ski-boat capsized in the surfline. Emergency Services were activated. On arrival on the scene it was found that all 3 men were safely ashore and their craft had washed ashore and it was recovered by local fishermen and boaters. The 3 men were not injured and no assistance was required. NSRI commend all of the local fishermen and boaters that assisted on the scene.

YZERFONTEIN: Andre Livingston-Louw, NSRI Yzerfontein committee station commander, said:

At 09h20, Saturday, 24 April, NSRI Yzerfontein medical crew were activated to investigate at Mile 16 where 3 horses were found fully saddled but unattended and suspicions were that the riders may be injured. NSRI committee station commander Helene van Zyl, while walking on the beach, near to Mile 16, had noticed 3 horses bolting along the beach fully saddled but unattended by any riders and she alerted our duty crew to investigate. On investigation we found a young male and a female with the owner of the riding school. The young male and female were slightly injured and they were attended to by NSRI medics and they required no further medical attention. It appears that they had been riding when the young male was thrown off his horse. In reaction the horse that the young female was on reared and threw her off her horse. The riding instructor climbed off her horse to assist when all 3 horses bolted. Without cell reception in that area they were walking back to the riding school when NSRI came across them and assisted them. The 3 horses were recovered by the owners after taking a run through the old part of Yzerfontein and no further assistance was required.

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