A busy weekend for NSRI on southern coastline

NSRI STATION 21 - St Francis Bay
NSRI Oyster Bay duty crew were activated on Saturday afternoon following a request for assistance from a fisherman on a fishing sea kayak who reported to NSRI EOC (Emergency Operations Centre) that he was in difficulty off-shore of Skuitbaai, Eersterivierstrand, between Tsitsikamma and Oyster Bay.

The sea rescue craft Caltex Challenger 2 and Rescue 36 Alpha were towed to Skuitbaai and launched.

NSRI Plettenberg Bay duty crew were placed on alert.

The 61 year old man, from George, was located 1.5 nautical miles off-shore of Skuitbaai at anchor on his fishing sea kayak.

He was brought safely to shore without incident aboard our sea rescue craft and his sea kayak was recovered and once safely ashore he required no further assistance.

The fisherman has told NSRI that while fishing at sea on his fishing sea kayak he had hooked a fish using a fishing rod and line when a shark got hold of the fish and started pulling him out to sea.

The shark made off with his fish and he lost his paddle and some fishing gear.

Unable to paddle back to shore he was able to cast his anchor when he then raised the alarm.

And on Saturday afternoon

NSRI Wilderness duty crew were activated following reports of a drowning in progress at Gwaing River Mouth, near to George.

Two sea rescue craft, Oscars Rescuer and Rescue 23 Alpha, were towed and launched and NSRI rescue swimmers, WC Government Health EMS, George Fire and Rescue Services and the SA Police Services responded.

On arrival on the scene a search commenced for a 33 year old local man who had disappeared under water reportedly while swimming.

It appears that while a group of people were enjoying a day at the beach one member of the group got into difficulty when he was caught in rip currents during a receding tide.

NSRI rescue swimmers were deployed into the water to conduct sweeping line free dive search efforts while a surface water and shoreline search progressed.

A Police Dive Unit was activated.

During the search NSRI rescue swimmers located the body of the man under water and the body was recovered to the shore.

Sadly paramedics declared the man deceased.

The body of the man has been taken into the care of Police and WC Government Health Forensic Pathology Services.

Police have opened an inquest docket.

Condolences are conveyed to the family of the deceased man.

NSRI are appealing to the public to have a safety conscious mind set around water and to be aware of rip currents around the coast particularly the stronger than normal rip currents that occur during a tide receding between high and low tide.