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NSRI Plettenberg Bay would like to commend the swift actions of a concerned eyewitness and our dedicated Coast Watcher team, following reports of a man on a sea kayak appearing to be getting into some difficulties offshore of the Beacon Island Hotel.

Jaco Kruger, NSRI Plettenberg Bay station commander, said:

NSRI EOC (Emergency Operations Centre) received a call from the eyewitness, at around 18h00, Monday, 24 April, who reported concerns about the paddler's safety.

Our Coast Watcher team immediately sprung into action to monitor the situation while our NSRI Plettenberg Bay duty crew prepared to respond. Fortunately, the paddler was able to make it safely to shore without incident, and no assistance was required.

We would like to take this opportunity to remind all water sports enthusiasts to exercise caution and to ensure that all necessary safety precautions are taken when engaging in any water-based activity. We also commend the eyewitness for their vigilance and urge members of the public to report any concerns about water safety to the NSRI without delay.

We extend our gratitude to our dedicated team of Coast Watchers, whose tireless efforts in monitoring our coastline help to ensure the safety of all those who enjoy our beautiful waters. We also commend our NSRI Plettenberg Bay duty controllers for the prompt response in the coordination during this incident.

In light of recent incidents NSRI appeals to all boaters, paddlers, sailors, and water sports enthusiasts, to take advantage of the NSRI RSA SafeTrx smartphone application to enhance their safety while on the water.

The NSRI RSA SafeTrx application allows for seafarers and inland water sports enthusiasts to log their trip details and estimated time of arrival, and to share their location with NSRI and Maritime authorities in the event of an emergency. The app also provides real-time weather updates, making it an essential tool for anyone planning a trip on the water.

We urge all in-shore seafarers to download the NSRI RSA SafeTrx application and to use it every time they venture out onto the water. By taking advantage of this essential tool, you are helping to enhance your safety and peace of mind, and ensuring that emergency services can be alerted promptly in the event of an emergency.

As always NSRI remains committed to ensuring the safety of all those who enjoy our beautiful coastline and inland waters.

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