Police divers and K9 Unit search for missing bathers

NSRI STATION 21 - St Francis Bay

NSRI East London dispatched a sea rescue vehicle and launched the sea rescue craft Lotto Rescuer at Eastern Beach, East London on Sunday morning  following reports of three bathers in difficulties. They joined Police, a Police dive unit, Police K9 Search and Rescue, Buffalo City Fire and Rescue Services dive unit, EC Government Health EMS and Buffalo City lifeguards at an incident where three male teenagers, believed to be learners all aged approximately 18 and on a school tour from Middleburg were reported to be in difficulty in the surf.

One teenager was rescued by surfers and he was transported to hospital by EMS ambulance in a stable condition for observation for non-fatal drowning symptoms.

The other two teenagers were however not located and despite an extensive sea and shoreline search there remains no sign of the two missing boys.

Police divers and Police K9 Search and Rescue are continuing in an ongoing search.

Police have opened an investigation. 

NSRI commended the surfers who rescued one of the teenagers from the surf.

Earlier in the weekend NSRI Jeffreys Bay duty crew were called into action on Saturday morning following reports of a jet-ski accident at Main Beach, Jeffreys Bay. It appears that the jet-ski hit sand in shallow water while approaching the beach through the surf with a husband and wife from Addo, onboard. The wife was flung from the jet-ski and sustained injuries.

NSRI medics and Private Care ambulance services responded and on found the woman in a stable condition. She was treated for her injuries and then was transported to hospital by ambulance. She is expected to make a full recovery.

Earlier in the day the duty crew were alerted to reports of a swimmer in difficulty in the surf at Boneyards, Jeffreys Bay.

Prior to arriving on the scene it was confirmed that surfers assisted the swimmer who was safe on the beach, not injured and requiring no further assistance.

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NSRI East London & Knysna called into action

NSRI STATION 21 - St Francis Bay

A Police Dive Unit will continue in an ongoing search operation for a 36 year old man from Lady Frere who has gone missing at the Kei River Mouth while he and his friend, an adult male who is also from Lady Frere, were reportedly swimming across the river mouth.

NSRI East London were activated just after 11h00 to join Police on the scene searching for the missing man who had reportedly disappeared under water while he and a friend were swimming across the river mouth.

NSRI launched the sea rescue craft Lotto Rescuer and assisted the Police Dive Unit in a search.

Despite an extensive search no sign of the missing man has been found and Police Divers will continue in an ongoing search.

The missing man’s friend was able to get out of the water safely and was not injured and raised the alarm.

Police are investigating.

And in Knysna on Saturday afternoon, NSRI Knysna duty crew were activated to assist 5 men on a 16 foot motor boat that suffered motor mechanical failure 1 nautical mile South of the Knysna Heads.

The sea rescue craft Eileen Meadway was launched and on arrival on the scene we found the men to be safe and in no immediate danger.

A towline was rigged and we towed the casualty craft to Leisure Island without incident and once safely ashore no further assistance was required.

NSRI Pink Rescue Buoy Project:

Sea Rescue presented the NSRI Pink Rescue Buoy emergency flotation project at International Lifesaving’s biannual ‘World Conference on Drowning Prevention’ (WCDP) Conference in Durban last week.

NSRI Drowning Prevention Manager, Andrew Ingram, pictured here talking about the NSRI Pink Rescue Buoy project to delegates attending International Lifesaving’s World Conference on Drowning Prevention in Durban this past week. – Picture by NSRI

A sponsored NSRI Pink Rescue Buoy stationed at a Jeffreys Bay beach with the permission of the Kouga Municipality.

NSRI’s Drowning Prevention manager Andrew Ingram addressed delegates from around the world explaining where the idea originated from, how it has been funded and implemented and that to date the Pink Rescue Buoys have been used to save the lives of 46 people who were in grave danger of drowning.

“There is a strong focus from the international lifesaving community on bystander rescue equipment and it was a pleasure to be able to share our success with this project with them,” said Ingram.

“We launched the Pink Buoy project in November 2017 following the WCDP in Vancouver after seeing that in a similar initiative Hawaii reported 150 successful bystander rescues with no harm to the untrained rescuer being reported in any of these rescues.” 

“Later we heard about a similar initiative in Ireland that was started in 1971 and has also had phenomenal success in getting emergency flotation to a drowning victim while emergency services are responding.”

“An observation from similar projects that are happening around the globe is that untrained people are going to the aid of someone who is in danger of drowning despite being advised not to. Our Pink Rescue Buoys use simple graphics to explain that it is better to throw the float to someone and call for help. But if someone does go into the water despite the danger, they have a much better chance of survival if they take flotation with them,” said Ingram.

“Sea Rescue has the support of many municipalities to put this emergency flotation in drowning hot spots. Each Pink Rescue Buoy costs R1500 and is privately sponsored which means that there is no cost to the municipalities,” said Ingram.

We currently have 463 Pink Buoys at drowning hot spots around the country. With generous support from individuals and companies we hope to expand the placement of the Pink Rescue Buoys into many more municipalities that would like to partner with us to save lives,” said Ingram.

Pictures attached: By NSRI:

NSRI Drowning Prevention Manager, Andrew Ingram, pictured here talking about the NSRI Pink Rescue Buoy project to delegates attending International Lifesaving’s World Conference on Drowning Prevention in Durban this past week.

A sponsored NSRI Pink Rescue Buoy stationed at a Jeffreys Bay beach with the permission of the Kouga Municipality.

One fatality and three survivors after boat capsizes

NSRI STATION 21 - St Francis Bay

NSRI Port Elizabeth duty crew were activated following reports of a boat capsized off-shore of Noordhoek on Saturday morning .

NSRI rescue swimmers in a sea rescue vehicle, EC Government Health EMS, the EMS Aeromed 3 helicopter, Gardmed ambulance service, Relay EMS, Coastal Water Rescue (CWR), Nelson Mandela Bay (NMB) Beach office and NMB lifeguards and the SA Police Services responded.

On arrival on the scene NSRI rescue swimmers launched into the surf to rescue a 37 year old local man who was in the surf near thecapsized boat. On reaching the man NSRI found him to be unresponsive and he was rescued onto rocks on the shore where NSRI medics initiated CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) efforts and these efforts were joined by paramedics who provided advanced life support efforts but sadly after all CPR efforts were exhausted the man has been declared deceased.

It has been confirmed that four men launched on a fishing ski-boat earlier in the day and on returning from a morning of fishing and capsized in surf. Three of the men were able to get to shore unassisted and were checked by paramedics and they were not injured.

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

Police have opened an inquest docket and SAMSA (South African Maritime Safety Authority) are investigating.

Condolences are conveyed to family and friends of the deceased man.

The capsized boat was righted and recovered from the surf.

Search for teenager feared drowned in Swartkops River

NSRI STATION 21 - St Francis BayNSRI Port Elizabeth duty crew were activated yesterday (Thursday 10th October) following reports of a drowning in progress at Swartkops River Mouth, Port Elizabeth.

THree  local male teenagers were reported to be swimming when they were caught in rip currents and while two of them had managed to get to shore and were not injured, the third, aged 17, had disappeared under water.

The sea rescue craft JLK Rescuer was launched and the sea rescue craft Spirit of Surfski 4 was towed to the scene and launched to join NMB (Nelson Mandela Bay) Beach office who launched a rescue craft and Bluewater Bay lifeguards who launched a rescue craft.
Coastal Water Rescue dispatched rescue swimmers who entered the water to conduct free dive search efforts. NMB Fire and Rescue Services, EC Government Health EMS and the SA Police Services also responded and a Police helicopter joined in the search.

Despite an extensive air, sea and shoreline search, including rescue swimmers conducting free dive search efforts, no sign of the missing teenager has been found and Police will continue in an ongoing search.

NSRI spokesman Craig Lambinon said police have taken over in an ongoing search operation. “Despite an extensive sea, air and shoreline search, no sign of the teenager has been found,” he said.

NSRI Jeffreys Bay attend to non-fatal drowning victim

NSRI STATION 21 - St Francis BayIn Friday afternoon, 27th September, NSRI Jeffreys Bay duty crew were activated following reports from an NSRI off-duty crewman, who works at a restaurant at the beach, of a non-fatal drowning at Dolphin Beach.

Friends, of a 19 year old Port Elizabeth male who got into difficulty while swimming after suffering a medical complaint in the water, had assisted him out of the water and lifeguards were in attendance on the scene when the NSRI crewman, alerted to a commotion on the beach, investigated and raised the alarm after finding the casualty unconscious on the beach.

NSRI medics and Private Care ambulance services responded and the patient was been transported to hospital in a stable condition and is expected to fully recover.

The friends of the teenager are commended for their assistance to get him out of the water.

And on, Saturday, 28th, NSRI Knysna duty crew activated following a request for assistance from three crew of a yacht, sailing from Port Elizabeth to Mossel Bay, reporting to be safe but their 34 foot yacht dismasted in strong winds off-shore of Buffels Bay and needing to be towed into Knysna.

KNysna NSRI sea rescue craft Eileen Meadway and Jaytee 4 were launched and responded to the scene.

On arrival on the scene the the yacht was taken under tow and towed into Knysna without incident where repairs to the yacht will be made.