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NSRI Mykonos duty crew launched the NSRI Mykonos rescue craft Spirit of Vodacom to rendezvous with a container motor vessel to medically evacuate a seafarer suffering an injury.

NSRI Mykonos duty crew launched the NSRI Mykonos rescue craft Spirit of Vodacom to rendezvous with a container motor vessel to medically evacuate a seafarer suffering an injury.

West Coast ambulance services were activated to stand by at our rescue base.

TNPA (Transnet National Ports Authority) Saldanha Bay Port Control were alerted and Telkom Maritime Radio Services assisted with marine VHF radio communications.

WC Government Health EMS were informed.

We rendezvoused with the vessel at reporting station 3, 11 nautical miles offshore, where a 31 year old male, from India, was transferred onto our NSRI rescue craft, using the ships pilot door, and once safely onboard our NSRI rescue craft he was brought to our NSRI Mykonos station 4 rescue base in the care of our NSRI medics.

In a stable condition the man was transported to hospital by a West Coast Medical ambulance.


Jaco Kruger, NSRI Plettenberg Bay station commander, said:

On Wednesday, 23 May, NSRI Plettenberg Bay duty crew were activated at 17h27 following reports of a 37 year old female, from Holland, injured in a fall on the Robberg Nature Reserve hiking trail, near to Island Beach, sustaining an injury.

WC Government Health EMS were activated.

An NSRI rescue team hiked to the patient while the NSRI rescue craft Ray Farnham Rescuer was launched.

On arrival on the scene the NSRI rescue craft beached in the outgoing tide without incident.

The patient, in a serious but stable condition, was secured onto a stretcher and taken onboard the NSRI rescue craft.

Illuminating flares were used to assist to illuminate the surf zone for the NSRI rescue craft, Ray Farnham Rescuer, to launch into the surf from the beach with the patient securely onboard the rescue craft.

The patient was brought to our NSRI Plettenberg Bay station 14 rescue base and transported to hospital by EMS ambulance for further care.

The hiking party, assisted by NSRI, were hiked to the Robberg Nature Reserve car park without incident.


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

At 07h35, Thursday, 24 May, NSRI Port Edward duty crew were activated following reports of a vehicle, boat and trailer, in distress in the surf zone at the Silver Beach boat launching area.

The SA Police Services and Police Search and Rescue were placed on alert.

It appears that while launching their boat, by 4 local men, they unfortunately sustained an incident where waves engulfed their vehicle, boat and trailer.

There were no injuries and NSRI, using our NSRI tractor, assisted them to recover their boat, vehicle and trailer, and no further assistance was required.

During a beach boat launch of this nature it does happen from time to time where a vehicle motor may cut out and during incoming wave sets, as what appears may have have happened here, the vehicle, boat and trailer, are engulfed by the incoming wave sets.

The assistance of Marlin Ski-Boat Club is commended.


Ryan Holmes, NSRI Gordons Bay station commander, said:

On Friday, 25 May, at 15h52, NSRI Gordons Bay duty crew were alerted following reports from a concerned resident at Rooi Els of a sailing yacht appearing to be struggling in strong winds.

NSRI EOC (Emergency Operations Centre) and NSRI Gordons Bay duty controllers monitored the yachts progress while our NSRI crew readied themselves to prepare to respond.

NSRI were able to get in contact with the sailing yacht crew, a French couple, who reported motor mechanical problems, but making headway despite the strong winds.

NSRI Simonstown was placed on alert.

Our NSRI rescue craft Spirit of Surfski 5 was launched and we rendezvoused with the sailing yacht offshore of the Steenbras River Mouth.

Strong winds made the operation particularly challenging. NSRI Gordons Bay crew have been commended for taking advantage of their repetitive training skills to execute this maritime operation in these challenging conditions.

Our NSRI rescue craft escorted the yacht closer towards Gordons Bay where outside of the harbour an NSRI rescue swimmer was transferred onto the yacht to assist the yacht crew.

Our NSRI rescue craft drafted alongside the sailing yacht and we assisted them to a berth in Gordons Bay harbour without incident and no further assistance was required.

The vigilance of the local resident at Rooi Els, who raised the alarm, is commended.


Jacques Kruger, NSRI Durban coxswain, said:

At 15h00, Saturday, 25 May, NSRI Durban duty crew were activated by TNPA (Transnet National Ports Authority) Port of Durban Port Control to prepare to medically evacuate a 24 year old male, from India, suffering a medical complaint, from a container motor vessel.

Marine VHF radio communications were assisted by Telkom Maritime Radio Services.

The NSRI rescue craft Alec Rennie was launched, accompanied by Netcare 911 rescue technicians, and on arrival at the vessel, 3 nautical miles from the Port entrance, an NSRI MEX (maritime extrication) crew and the Netcare 911 rescue paramedic were transferred onto the vessel.

The patient, in a stable condition, was transferred onto our rescue craft and, in the care of the Netcare 911 rescue paramedic, he was brought to our NSRI Durban station 5 rescue base and transported to hospital by Netcare 911 ambulance for further medical care.


Luke van Riet, NSRI Bakoven coxswain, said:

At 00h23, Sunday, 26 May, NSRI Bakoven duty crew and Cape Town Fire and Rescue Services were activated to assist Camps Bay CID officers and the SA Police Services at Clifton Beach, between 3rd beach and 4th beach, who were searching the area after local residents, believed to be tourists, had heard shouts for help and suspected people or a person to be in distress in the surf zone.

Using spotlights NSRI rescue swimmers and Cape Town Fire and Rescue officers assisted Police and the CID officers in a sea and shoreline search.

No signs of anyone in distress was located.

There remains no reports of anyone reported missing that may be related to this case and it remains unknown for what reason shouts for help were heard by local residents.

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