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Spencer Oldham, NSRI Hout Bay station commander, said: On Saturday, 30 March, during routine training, NSRI station 8 Hout Bay crew, onboard the NSRI rescue craft Albie Matthews, noticed a group of youngsters on the shoreline, in the vicinity of the Boss 400 crane barge wreck, appearing to try to get the attention of the crew on the NSRI rescue craft.

On approaching closer to shore one teenager swam to the rescue craft reporting that they were 4 teenagers, from Bloubergstrand, on a hike and one of their group appeared to have sprained her ankle.

By that stage the NSRI Hout Bay rescue craft Nadine Gordimer had also arrived – we (NSRI Hout Bay crew and rescue craft) were heading towards Camps Bay conducting routine training.

2 NSRI rescue swimmers were deployed into the water and they swam ashore and assessed the female teenager who it appeared had injured her ankle, during a hike that they were on along that popular hiking trail.

Our floating stretcher Croc was sent ashore with an NSRI rescue swimmer.

The 4 teenagers, 2 brothers and their male and female friend, were safely transferred to our NSRI rescue craft. The ankle injury was not serious, but based on their location on the hiking trail, and the distance to their car, it may have been more serious had they continued the hike. They were grateful to be.

Onboard our NSRI rescue craft we brought them safely to our NSRI rescue base and they required no further assistance and our NSRI crew continued on our routine training.

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