Two perish on capsized fishing boat off Port Alfred

National Sea Rescue

NSRI Port Alfred duty crew were activated on Friday (16th August) shortly before midday following reports of a boat returning from sea had been broadsided by a wave in the Kowie River Mouth. The three local males on the boat had been thrown overboard.

Port lfred sea rescue craft Rescue 11 Alpha was launched and the sea rescue vehicle, EC Government Health EMS, Gardmed ambulance services, Ndlambe Fire and Rescue Services, Ndlambe Disaster Risk Management officers and the SA Police Services responded.

On arrival on the scene a 26 foot local commercial fishing boat was found washed against rocks on the East Pier of the Kowie River Mouth.

A 47 year old man was recovered from rocks at East Beach and the other two men, age 81 and 55, were recovered from the surf and rescued onto sea rescue craft. The men were transported to  East Beach where CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) was  applied to both men. CPR efforts were continued by paramedics but sadly after all extensive CPR efforts were exhausted the two men were declared deceased.

The survivor has been transported to hospital by ambulance in a serious but stable condition in the care of paramedics for further medical treatment in hospital.

The bodies of the 2 deceased men were been taken into the care of the Forensic Pathology Services and police have opened an inquest docket.. 

The joint emergency services conveyed their condolences to the family and friends of the deceased.

Also on Friday NSRI Plettenberg Bay, the  NSRI duty crew responded to Robberg 5 beach where it was reported a surfer was injured after being struck by a surfboard while surfing and had suffered a head injury.

On arrival on the scene a 16 year old male, from New York, part of a student tour group from the United States (USA) and currently staying in Plettenberg Bay, was treated for a head injury and with Cervical Spinal immoblisation provided as a precaution he was secured onto a stretcher.

Med-Life ambulance services were summoned and the patient was transported to hospital by ambulance in a stable condition and he has been released from hospital following medical treatment.

And on Sunday, also in Plettenberg Bay, the NSRI duty crew assisted a commercial boat where a 62 year old female, from Spain, suffered a back injury.

NSRI medical crew responded and boarded the commercial tourist boat off-shore of Plettenberg Bay and the female was secured to a stretcher.

The commercial boat beached at Main Beach and the female was transferred into a Med-Life ambulance and she has been transported to hospital by ambulance in a stable condition for further medical care.