Whale assisted in a disentanglement operation off Port Alfred

SA Whale Disentanglement Network (SAWDN) volunteers launched from Port Alfred aboard two NSRI Port Alfred sea rescue craft, Lotto Challenger and Rescue 11 Alpha, following reports from a container ship, passing the coast off-shore of Port Alfred, that alerted Port Elizabeth TNPA (Transnet National Port Authority) of a whale they had spotted to be entangled in fishing rope lines and floatation buoys in the vicinity off-shore of Port Alfred on the East Coast.

On arrival on the scene SAWDN and NSRI Port Alfred commenced a search but no sign of the whale could be located and at last light on Sunday evening the search operation was suspended.

At 07h30, Monday, 05th August, SAWDN were alerted by fishermen at sea on a fishing boat who spotted the entangled whale 1.5 nautical miles off-shore of the Kowie River Mouth, Port Alfred, and they raised the alarm and SAWDN volunteers and NSRI Port Alfred volunteers aboard the 2 NSRI Port Alfred sea rescue craft responded to the location.

SWADN members in Port Elizabeth and in Cape Town communicated advice to the Port Alfred team during the operation and monitored the operation.

While the SAWDN cutting equipment and gear, in Port Elizabeth, was being arranged to be transported to Port Alfred, the SAWDN and NSRI Port Alfred members, in Port Alfred, fearing that the whale may move away from where it had been spotted, rigged makeshift disentanglement cutting equipment and makeshift disentanglement gear that was used in this disentanglement operation.

On arrival on the scene a 9 meter Humpback whale was found with fishing rope entangled through and around the whales mouth attached to fishing gear, crayfish traps and flotation buoys.

In a sensitive and delicate operation lasting 2 hours the team gently cut free all entangled fishing rope and gear successfully freeing the adult whale from the entanglement.

The fishing rope and gear was recovered for disposal.

While the whale appeared to be weak and tired the whale does appear to be healthy and following this ordeal SAWDN are confident that after this successful disentanglement operation the whale will survive and gradually regain strength and health.

 Press Release NSRI

SAWDN COVERS THE ENTIRE SA COASTLINE  –  Whales assisted to date: 186  

CCTV Cameras doing their job

For those who do not read or subscribe to the St Francis Property Owners news, their latest newsletter bears good news with regard the recent CCTV camera installation.

The CCTV camera network s is now fully operational and both the SAPS and the private security companies have confirmed that the cameras have played an important role in reducing crime to the lowest levels in a long time.

Detectives have been able to make use of footage to effect several arrests of criminals offenders.

In the case of a person who attempted to vandalise the camera at the Main Beach. The offender was identified, apprehended, charged handed community service after appearing in court. The offender also made an official apology for the offense.

In another case, that of a hit and run fatality in Sea Vista the driver was identified and apprehended.

These cameras are providing a benefit to all law-abiding residents and visitors to all of St Francis Bay. The camera coverage on the Sea Vista Pathway, once it is upgraded, will provide additional security benefits to our pedestrians, especially those from Sea Vista.

The cameras are, however, a deterrent. We urge all residents and visitors to remain vigilant and continue to secure their own properties. Neighbourhood Watch, SAPS and the private security companies continue to do good work to catch and convict these criminals.