3-Legged Loggerhead turtle washed up in Jeffreys Bay

NSRI Jeffreys Bay were alerted following a call from Ettiene Venter of JBay Surf School reporting to have found a small sea turtle on Jeffreys Bay main beach that appeared to be injured,

NSRI crew member Elaine Schmidt, who also has the local responsibility for the assisting of injured and distressed sea animals in our area, collected the turtle from Ettiene. The turtle appeared to have an injured left hind leg.

Ettiene named the turtle Sunny.

Arrangements were made with Bay World in Port Elizabeth and one of our NSRI crew members going through to Port Elizabeth on Tuesday morning delivered the turtle to Bay World after we had cared for the turtle in our safekeeping in Jeffreys Bay overnight.

Bay World staff will take further care and the rehabilitation of the turtle and we are confident that the turtle will recover. 

Bay World have confirmed on Tuesday morning that most of the turtles left hind leg is missing and it is a Loggerhead sea turtle hatchling, about 2 to 3 weeks old, normally found in Northern Kwa-Zulu Natal and it is suspected that the small turtle may have been swept down the coast in strong currents and storms and from missing most of one leg that may have contributed to the cause.

NSRI commended Ettiene  for his actions.

Man suffers fatal heart attack whilst swimming in Jeffreys Bay

NSRI STATION 21 - St Francis BayNSRI Jeffreys Bay duty crew were activated on Saturday evening following reports of a man rescued from the surf at a beach at Jeffreys Bay Point, and suspected to be suffering a heart attack.

The NSRI rescue vehicle responded and the SA Police Services, Gardmed ambulance services and Private Care ambulance services responded.

It appeared that the man was swimming when he collapsed suspected to have suffered a heart attack. A bystander assisted him from the surf and raised the alarm.

On arrival on the scene a a 55 year old male was found to have been rescued from shallow surf by a bystander and CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) efforts were commenced.

Despite extensive CPR efforts conducted by NSRI medics and by paramedics after all efforts were exhausted sadly the man has been declared deceased.

The man and his wife are foreigners on a holiday to Jeffreys Bay with friends from Johannesburg.

The wife and the friends are being supported by Police and Condolences are conveyed to his wife, family and friends.

The body of the man has been taken into the care of the Forensic Pathology Services.

The lady who rescued the man from the surf has been commended for her involvement.

And at Wilderness

Earlier in the day NSRI Wilderness duty crew were activated following reports from the owner of the Wilderness Guest Lodge and additional eyewitnesses of a swimmer appearing to be in difficulty off-shore of Lientjiesklip.

NSRI Wilderness, WC Government Health EMS, George Fire and Rescue Services and Er24 ambulance services responded.

NSRI rescue swimmers responded and on arrival on the scene the rescue swimmer assisted a man from the surf safely to the beach. The man had managed to find a submerged sand bank approximately 70 meters off-shore after he was swept out to sea by rip currents which he used to stand on until help arrived..

A bystander had launched a canoe but he had lost sight of the man in the surfline and he is commended for his effort.

The swimmer, a 78 year old man from Germany, was medically checked by paramedics and not injured he required no further assistance.

Man missing at Sundays River Mouth

NSRI Station 6 Port Elizabeth were activated following reports the three men were in difficulty in currents at Sundays River Mouth late yesterday (Sunday 17 February). Apparently a group of around 20 men had been swimming across the river mouth when three of the swimmers got into difficulties.

Blue Water Bay Surf Lifesaving Club were in the vicinity with a rescue rubber duck and responded immediately whilst NSRI launched Spirit of Surf-Ski 4 on the river after towing it to the scene.  Coastal Water Rescue, the SA Police Services, a Police Dive Unit, NMB Beach Managers Office and EC Government Health EMS were  also activated and arrived at the river mouth to assist.

On arrival two of the men had been assisted to safety but a local 35-year old man was missing, An extensive search but no sign of the man was found. The search was suspended in failing light and police divers will continue the search this morning.

NSRI busy in PE & Wilderness

Tragic end to a corporate weekend in Wilderness

NSRI Station 23 Wilderness duty crew were activated following reports from members of the public at a Touws River campsite, Wilderness, of bystander CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) efforts being conducted on a man up the river from the camp site.

An NSRI rescue vehicle, SA National Parks (SANPark) rangers and WC Government Health EMS responded.

On arrival on the scene a SANPark boat carried NSRI medics and a George doctor, who was staying at the camp site, to the scene further up the river and the SANPark boat returned to collect an EMS paramedic.

NSRI medics, the doctor and the EMS paramedic continued with extensive CPR efforts but sadly after all efforts were exhausted the man was declared deceased.

It appears that the 44 year old male, from Durban, on a corporate weekend with colleagues, reportedly fell out of a kayak while paddling on the river when a colleague rescued him to the shore and initiated CPR while raising the alarm.

The body the man was transported downstream and taken into the care of the SA Police Services and the Forensic Pathology Services and an inquest docket has been opened and to determine the cause of death.

Condolences are conveyed to family, friends and colleagues of the man.

Earlier this week,

On Tuesday, 5th February, NSRI Station 23 Wilderness responded to Main Beach, Wilderness, following reports of a drowning in progress.

NSRI rescue swimmers and WC Government Health EMS responded.

On arrival on the scene a 20 year old local female, believed to have been rescued from the water by a bystander, was out the water and being attended to by Eden 911 paramedics and she was transported to hospital by Eden 911 ambulance in a stable condition where she was released from hospital later following observations for non-fatal drowning symptoms.

And on Saturday

NSRI Station 6 Port Elizabeth launched the sea rescue craft Spirit of Toft to patient evacuate a male crewman off a 299m bulk carrier suffering an abscess on the hip.

They rendezvoused with the ship 5 nautical miles from the Port of Port Elizabeth.

Two NSRI rescue swimmers boarded the ship and the patient was transferred onto the sea rescue craft that returned to where the crewman was taken to hospital.

Just after 01h00 while recovering our sea rescue craft one of our crew noted a 10 meter fishing boat appearing to have run aground in the harbour.

On further investigation it was found to be 3 fishing boats run aground. All of the boats were not manned.

The sea rescue craft Spirit of Toft and JLK Rescuer launched and the owners of the fishing boats were contacted.

NSRI rescue swimmers checked for damage before the boats were towed back to their moorings at their Quay about 300 meters away.

Another 5 fishing boats were found to be partially loose from their moorings from unknown causes.

Due to a combination of light winds and the quick NSRI response no serious damage to the fishing boats was caused after they gently drifted away from their moorings and only lightly grounded on the beach South of the Port Elizabeth Angling Club and avoiding colliding with any other craft and no pollution spills were caused.

The owners are investigating the circumstances.


NSRI return beached dolphin to ocean

NSRI return beached dolphin to ocean in Jeffreys Bay and Yacht in distress in Knysna

NSRI Station 37 Jeffreys Bay duty crew were activated around noon on Saturday following reports from members of the public of a dolphin washed onto rocks at Lower Point, Jeffreys Bay.

NSRI crew responded to the scene where they found an adult dolphin beached on rocks at Lower Point.

A couple of young fishermen and members of the public had tried to get the dolphin into the sea without success

The dolphin had scrapes and cuts on its fins suspected to have been caused from washing onto the rocks.

The Marine Animal Stranding Network was alerted and a Vet sent to the scene.

The Vet deemed the dolphin to be in good health despite the minor cuts and assisted by members of the public NSRI loaded the dolphin onto a bakkie and the dolphin was transported to Dolphin Beach and loaded onto the NSRI sea rescue craft Project Group Rescuer and released 1.5 kilometers out to sea.

The dolphin swam around the sea rescue craft a few times before raising its head out the water and then disappeared in the sea.
The NSRI are cautiously optimistic that the dolphin has survived.

NSRI commend the members of the public who assisted on the scene.

Also on Saturday NSRI Knysna were called into action

At 11h30, Saturday, 26th January, NSRI Station 12 Knysna duty crew were activated following a request for assistance from an NSRI crewman skippering his yacht that was taking water near to the Knysna Heads.

While entering Knysna Heads from a morning cruise with 5 crew, 4 males and a female, and while raising the mainsail a gust of wind caught the sail and pushed the yacht bow onto Monkey Point where the yacht was holed and taking water fast.

The skipper managed to manoeuvre the yacht onto Pansy Shell Bank and although still taking water the yacht was saved from sinking.

The NSRI sea rescue craft Eileen Meadway, Jaytee IV and Jolen were activated, carrying 3 NSRI water pumps and a 4th water pump, from Knysna Fire and Rescue Services, that they had delivered at our urgent request, was also taken along.

On arrival on the scene water pumps were used to pump water from the yacht which was fully water laden and Knysna Yacht Club members responded on a private tender boat and assisted.

Plywood and glue sealer were used to patch 2 holes in the hull and water pumped out for 3 hours and once the water was pumped out of the yacht, and temporary seals were holding fast, we were able to pull the yacht free from Pansy Shell Bank and we towed the yacht to her mooring where further repair efforts will continue.

No one was injured.

Knysna Yacht Club members are commended for their assistance and the Knysna Fire and Rescue Services are commended for their speedy delivery of the extra water pump.

Appeal for the return of an NSRI Pink Buoy – Jeffreys Bay

Youngsters ‘captured’ on CCTV with Pink NSRI Buoy

Four young teenagers making off with an NSRI Pink Rescue Floatation Buoy at Jeffreys Bay

NSRI are appealing to 4 young teenagers, 3 males and a female, who have been captured on CCTV cameras, making off with an NSRI Pink Rescue Buoy that is now missing from its post at Point Beach, Wavecrest, Jeffreys Bay.

The incident took place at 21h45, Wednesday, 12th December.

The 4 young teenagers can be seen walking out the car park and turning right into Plane Street. They then stop at the corners of Plane Street and Pagoda Crescent before continuing on their way, one of the teenagers, a male, can be seen clutching onto the NSRI Pink Buoy in one hand.

Anyone who recognises these teenagers from the photo attached can contact NSRI Communications at 0823803800.