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It's been a busy few days for the NSRI volunteers out of Gordon's Bay, Wilderness and Kleinmond

STRAND:

At 16h48, Wednesday, 4 January, NSRI Gordons Bay duty crew were alerted to reports a person missing in the mid surf break at Strand Beach near to the NSRI Gordons Bay satellite rescue station.

NSRI rescue swimmers, CoCT lifeguards, WC Government Health EMS, GB Med ambulance services, Cape Town Fire and Rescue Services, CoCT Law Enforcement Marine Unit, SA Police Services and Strand community neighbourhood watch responded.

The NSRI rescue craft Zelda was launched and the EMS/AMS Skymed rescue helicopter responded.

WC Government Health EMS rescue squad deployed a drone to assist in the search.

Despite an extensive air, sea and shoreline search there remains no sign of a 31 year old Franschoek man who friends reported to be missing in the water.

5 friends from Franschoek had been at the beach together for the day when the man reportedly went missing in the water while swimming with 2 of the friends.

Police divers are continuing in an ongoing search. NSRI Gordons Bay, Strand and CoCT lifeguards and Law Enforcement officers are keeping a watch.

WILDERNESS:

On Tuesday, 3 January, at 14h52, George Municipal lifeguards, based at Wilderness Main Beach, rescued 2 casualties from the water.

A 30 year old man and 16 year old teenager, from George, had been playing with a ball in the lifeguard safe designated swimming area between the flags.

Attempting to retrieve the ball in the surf breakers the two males found themselves in deep water and in rip currents and they were unable to swim back to the beach.

Three lifeguards immediately responded and they rescued the two males back to the beach.

The 16-year-old was casualty was treated by lifeguards together with a medic from George Fire and Rescue Services at the NSRI station in Wilderness. An NSRI rescue swimmer also responded to assist and NSRI provided oxygen during the on-scene medical attention.

A WC Government Health EMS paramedic assessed the teenager who required no further treatment. The 30-year old male did not require any medical treatment. The

George Municipality Lifeguards are commended for their swift response.

Then at 17h32, NSRI Wilderness duty crew were activated following reports of a drowning in progress at Wilderness Beach.

A man was swimming when he was caught in rip currents.

A bystander Good Samaritan, from Canada, now living in South Africa, waded into the water to assist but was caught in the same rip current.

He reached the casualty who had slipped under water and he was able to hold the casualties head above water.

George Municipal lifeguards launched into the surf and reached them in the mid surf break.

NSRI Wilderness launched the NSRI rescue craft Rescue 23 Alpha and Ann Stratford Rescuer.

The casualty had by that stage reached the beach with 4 of the lifeguards while NSRI assisted 1 lifeguard back to shore.

NSRI medics initiated medical treatment to the casualty, age 24, from Gqeberha.

WC Government Health EMS rescue unit and ER24 ambulance services attended at the scene where the man was stabilised before being transported to hospital by ER24 ambulance in a serious but stable condition. He remained in hospital on Wednesday, 4 January.

NSRI commend Good Samaritan Robin Denault, age 60, from Canada, for his effort that contributed to the man’s life being saved.

KLEINMOND:

At 08h53, Tuesday, 3 January, NSRI Kleinmond duty crew were activated following reports of 2 people being swept out to sea at Jocks Bay, Betties Bay.

Eye-witnesses reported the 2 persons swept off rocks by waves while appearing to collect Mussels.

The sea rescue craft Jaytee V was launched while NSRI rescue swimmers, WC Government Health EMS and CMC ambulance services responded.

On arrival on the scene a father and son were found to have been swept into a kelp bed off-shore.

They were rescued onto the NSRI rescue craft and brought to shore where they were taken into the care of paramedics.

The 42 year old man and his 13 year old son suffered non-fatal drowning symptoms, hypothermia and cuts and bruising.

They were transported to hospital in serious but stable conditions by CMC ambulance where they are recovering.

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