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At 11h02, Sunday, 13 March, NSRI Mossel Bay duty crew were activated following eye-witness reports of a man in difficulty, on a kayak , in Vleesbaai.

Andre Fraser, NSRI Mossel Bay station commander, said:

The eye-witness had seen the man fall out of his kayak and appeared unable to get back into his kayak and was being swept off-shore.

The sea rescue craft St Blaize Rescuer was launched and our sea rescue vehicle responded.

A surfer had tried to rescue the man but it appeared that he got into trouble.

A second surfer went to their aid and he appeared to get into difficulty.

Our sea rescue craft arrived on the scene and all 3 males were rescued onto the sea rescue craft and the kayak and surf boards were recovered.

All 3 men, locals aged in their 30’s and 40’s, were brought to shore at Vleesbaai and they required no further assistance.

NSRI Mossel Bay was then activated to respond to Hersham, Mossel Bay, where an eye-witness feared seeing 2 people in the water, reporting that to the naked eye it looked like 2 heads in the water.

On NSRI arriving on the scene it was found to be a shark feeding on a seal carcass.

On Friday, 11 March, at 15h29, NSRI Mossel Bay duty crew responded to Dias Beach following reports of a drowning in progress.

On arrival we found an adult male was safely out of the water and he required no further assistance.

NSRI commend the eye-witnesses raising the alarm for theses incidents.

NSRI are appealing to paddlers, boaters and sail boarders to download and use the free NSRI RSA SafeTRX smart phone app. Details can be found on our web page www.nsri.org.za

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