Boat capsizes off Kromme and spear fishermen have a shark encounter

Ski Boat capsizes off Kromme mouth and two spear fishermen have encounter with a shark off Wild Side

NSRI St Francis Bay duty crew were activated early on Monday following reports of a boat capsized with seven people onboard, including children, all wearing life-jackets, at the mouth of the Kromme River.

The sea rescue craft Spirit of St Francis II was launched and NSRI crew responded directly to the scene and found that all seven were safely ashore by the time NSRI arrived.

One girl was treated for an arm injury and a slight laceration to the head and she was taken to a local doctor for further medical care.

The remaining six crew were not injured.

They are regular visitors on holiday from up-country and not being familiar with the changes in the estuary it appears that they hit a sand bank that possibly contributed to the boat capsizing

Assisted by members of the public NSRI righted and recovered the capsized boat and we commend the public members who helped.

In a rather scary incident off the Wild Side, Cape St Francis last Saturday (4th January)  two spear fishermen diving in a gulley about 250m offshore, had an encounter with what is thought to have been a great white shark.  They had four bonitos on a stringer when the shark swooped in and took their bounty which was attached a buoy and to Juan Moore’s speargun. Moore was dragged several metres before he was able to release his spear gun.

Neither diver was injured and they swam ashore no worse for wear from their experience.

 A smaller great white had been seen in the area the previous day as well a few Bronze Whalers and there is a fair amount of fish around at the moment, an obvious attraction to sharks.

There has been a fair amount of shark activity including an incident with two ski paddlers off Oyster Bay  a couple of weeks back as well as the incident off Nahoon Beach in East London where a paddler competing in an event had his ski damaged by a great white that left a 40cm hole in his craft.  In another incident  at nearby Nature’s Valley also just before Christmas and reported by SFT a  spear fisherman was also dragged by a shark after spearing a mussel cracker which the shark found to be a delectable entree.

Looking back at Cape St Francis Lighthouse from the Wild Side. Photo by Martin Barbour

Teenager drowned two missing off Wells Estate Beach, – PE

Late yesterday (Wednesday 8th Jamuary) a call was relayed by the SA Police Services to the NMB (Nelson Mandela Bay) Water Rescue Group reporting a drowning in progress at Wells Estate Beach.

The NMB Beach Office municipal lifeguards, Coastal Water Rescue, the SA Police Services, a Police Dive Unit and Eastern Cape Government Health EMS responded.

NSRI were requested to be on stand-by.

On arrival on the scene bystander CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) efforts were found being conducted on an 18 year old male, who had washed onto the shore and a male teenager, age 17, who had also washed onto the shore, was not injured.

One male, age 20, and one male, age 28, were missing in the surf.

NMB Beach Office lifeguards launched a RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) to search for the two missing males.

Paramedics had continued with CPR efforts on the teenager and despite extensive CPR efforts, after all efforts to resuscitate the teenager were exhausted, sadly he was declared deceased.

NSRI Port Elizabeth duty were activated to respond to assist in a search for the two missing men.

NSRI Port Elizabeth dispatched a sea rescue vehicle and the sea rescue craft JLT rescuer was launched.

On NSRI’s arrival on the scene they joined in the search and assisted in an extensive sea and shoreline search but no sign of the two missing men was been found and Police are tasked to continue in an ongoing search.

Police have opened an inquest docket.

The body of the deceased teenager has been taken into the care of Government Health Forensic Pathology Services.

It appears that the two teenagers and the 20 year old man were swimming when they were caught in rip currents. A 28 year old bystander launched into the surf to try to help but he was swept away by rip currents.

NSRI, on behalf of all services involved, convey condolences to the family and friends of the deceased teenager. 

NSRI come to aid of stricken surf skiers

NSRI Plettenberg Bay duty crew were activated early Sunday afternoon following a request for assistance from an NSRI Plettenberg Bay crewman, one of 12 male Surf-skiers on an 18km downwind dash, from Plettenberg Bay to Natures Valley, reporting multiple Surf-skiers in difficulty at Natures Valley Beach.

The group of Surf-skiers had arrived off-shore of Natures Valley to find rough sea conditions, strong rip currents and increasing wind speeds estimated at 30 knots gusting to 35 knots making it difficult to get through the surfline to the beach.

The sea rescue craft Ray Farnham Rescuer and Leonard Smith Rescuer were launched and NSRI rescue swimmers, Natures Valley lifeguards and WC Government Health EMS responded to the scene and the EMS/AMS Skymed rescue helicopter was activated.

While responding to the scene it was confirmed that five surf skiers, two of them having lost their surf-ski’s, were reportedly caught in rip currents and were at the mercy of the sea.

Natures Valley lifeguard Chris Pannell had launched into the surf to assist.

When the sea rescue craft arrived on the scene the lifeguard in the surfline was picked up onto the sea rescue craft and a Surf-skier was located in the water without his Surf-ski approximately 500 meters off-shore and he was rescued onto the sea rescue craft. it is believed his Surf-ski washed ashore.

The sea rescue craft then headed to beyond the back-line where three Surf-skiers were still on their craft and one Surf-skier was found in the water and we believe his Surf-ski washed ashore. He was taken taken from the water aboard the sea rescue craft and re-warming efforts were initiated as he was severely hypothermic.

Another Surf-skier and his craft were taken onto our sea rescue craft and taken to shore and dropped off where the first man that that was Contentrescued, dropping them off close to the beach and they were able to wade ashore safely.

With the lifeguard still onboard our sea rescue craft, and assisting with the rescue, the craft returned to the back-line and picked up the remaining two surf-skiers and their craft bringing them to shore, dropping them and the lifeguard off close to the beach, where they were met by two NSRI rescue swimmers with NSRI Pink Rescue Buoys, and by lifeguards, who had waded into the surf to assist them to the beach.

EMS paramedics, assisted by NSRI and by the lifeguards, medically checked on the well-being of the Surf-skiers who were now on the beach and they were all fine.

The decision was taken to transport the hypothermic patient to the sea rescue base as re-warming efforts continued with two of the rescuer crew buddy hugging the man to provide body heat to assist with the rewarming process. By the time the rescue craft  reached the sea rescue base a significant improvement in the man’s condition was noted.

At the sea rescue base, following additional re-warming efforts, the man was fully recovered and his friends came to fetch him to take him home.

NSRI commend lifeguard Chris Pannell who launched into very rough seas to go to the aid of those in peril. Coincidentally NSRI had conducted routine training with the lifeguards, including Chris, just a week prior to this incident.

The unique circumstances around Plettenberg Bay coastline where rip-currents can sometimes prevent a swimmers from getting back to shore, lifeguards are trained to alert NSRI before launching into the surf with their Personal Protective Equipment and flotation rescue devices, and on reaching the casualty take the casualty to the back-line keeping them afloat at the back-line until the sea rescue craft arrive to assist.

NSRI Pink Buoy

Please do not remove these, you could cost someone their life!

NSRI APPEAL TO BATHERS

NSRI appeal to the bathers to only swim at beaches protected by lifeguards, in between the posted flags and only swim during the lifeguard beach stand-by times.

NSRI are appealing to boaters and paddlers of craft launching to go to sea to download, from our web page www.searescue.org.za, and use the free cellphone app. NSRI RSA SafeTrx.

NSRI are appealing to parents and care providers to ensure children have responsible safety supervision in and around water and when swimming.

Caution is advised in and around inland waters, rivers, lakes and dams and swimming pools should have child proof covers and child proof surrounding fences.

 

NSRI Safety Appeal

NSRI continue to appeal to the public to only swim at beaches protected by lifeguards and only swim during the lifeguard beach stand-by times.

NSRI are appealing to boaters and paddlers of craft launching to go to sea to download, from our web page www.searescue.org.za, and use the free cellphone app. NSRI RSA SafeTrx.

NSRI are appealing to parents and care providers to ensure children have responsible safety supervision in and around water and when swimming.

NSRI, Lifeguards, Maritime authorities, Emergency Services, Emergency Medical Services, Fire and Rescue Services, Police, Traffic and Law Enforcement are on high alert to assist the public during the summer vacation period and we are urging the public to have a safety conscious mind-set in and around our coastal and inland waterways.

The next Spring Tide is on 12th December at Full Moon. The higher than normal high tides and the lower than normal low tides has already begun around the coast and will peak on the 12th December and last until at least around the 17th December. Caution around the coast is advised to bathers, anglers and coastal hikers.

Incidences

NSRI Knysna duty crew were activated on Wednesday afternoon ollowing reports from Knysna Fire and Rescue Services who received eye-witness reports of a jet-ski accident on Knysna Lagoon in the vicinity of Belvedere. The reports were from a family reporting an adult male family member had fallen off a jet-ski and the 9 year old daughter of family friends was still on the jet-ski but adrift on the lagoon.

The sea rescue craft Jolen was launched and our NSRI rescue vehicle, Knysna Fire and Rescue Services and NSRI rescue swimmers responded.

On arrival on the scene the man was seen swimming to shore and the girl safe but adrift on the jet-ski on the lagoon.

It appeared the local man and the 9 year old daughter (of family friends) were riding together on a jet-ski when the man fell off the jet-ski and the kill-switch (attached to his arm) stopped the motor of the jet-ski when he fell off but the jet-ski drifted away from him in currents.
Currents were too strong for the man to swim to catch up with the jet-ski and the jet-ski, with the girl on the jet-ski, drifted away from the man.
He swam to shore against the currents which took him approximately 20 minutes to get the 200 meters to shore because of strong currents.

The girl stayed on the jet-ski, safe but adrift on the lagoon.

The NSRI crew on a sea rescue craft located the jet-ski and the girl on the lagoon. She was taken aboard the sea rescue craft which was then towed to shore safely. Once the man and the girl were safely ashore they were reunited with their families and the jet-ski was recovered and no further assistance was required. 

Be safe out there whether swimming, boating, jet skiing or fishing

NSRI

 

NSRI Safety Appeal and Incidents this week:

National Sea RescueNSRI continue to appeal to the public to only swim at beaches protected by lifeguards and only swim during the lifeguard beach stand-by times.

NSRI are appealing to boaters and paddlers of craft launching to go to sea to download, from our web page www.searescue.org.za, and use the free cellphone app. NSRI RSA SafeTrx.

NSRI are appealing to parents and care providers to ensure children have responsible safety supervision in and around water and when swimming.

NSRI, Lifeguards, Maritime authorities, Emergency Services, Emergency Medical Services, Fire and Rescue Services, Police, Traffic and Law Enforcement are on high alert to assist the public during the summer vacation period and we are urging the public to have a safety conscious mind-set in and around our coastal and inland waterways.

The next Spring Tide is on 12th December at Full Moon. The higher than normal high tides and the lower than normal low tides has already begun around the coast and will peak on the 12th December and last until at least around the 17th December. Caution around the coast is advised to bathers, anglers and coastal hikers.

INCIDENTS:

St Francis Bay

On Sunday, 08 December, NSRI St Francis Bay medical crew assisted the emergency services at a motor vehicle accident, assisting paramedics to treat a patient for injuries sustained and the patient was transported to hospital by ambulance.

As can be seen from the following, this is a busy time for NSRI so be careful out threre whether swimming, boating, fishing or even hiking.

LANGEBAAN:

Mike Shaw, NSRI Mykonos station commander, said:

At 14h13, Thursday, 05 December, NSRI Mykonos duty crew were activated  following reports of 4 females on Kayaks being swept off-shore by strong off-shore winds and off-shore currents on Langebaan Lagoon.

The sea rescue craft Spirit of East London II was launched while NSRI rescue crew responded to the shoreline.

On arrival on the scene two female teenagers, aged 14 and 15, on kayaks, were rescued 500 meters off-shore and a local man with a kite-board, who had attempted to assist them, was also taken onto the sea rescue craft.

They were brought to shore and reunited with the parent and the 3rd teenager who had managed to get back to shore safely.

The parent and one teenager had reached the shore to raise the alarm after one of the rescued teenagers lost her paddle in the strong winds. A man with a kite-board attempted to assist the 2 girls on their kayaks but they were blown away towards rocks together in the strong off-shore winds and NSRI reached them 500 meters off-shore.

With all safely ashore and not injured no further assistance was required.

PLETTENBERG BAY:

Ross Badenhorst, NSRI Plettenberg Bay deputy station commander, said:

At 04h58, Friday, 06 December, NSRI Plettenberg Bay duty crew were activated following reports of a drowning in progress at Central beach.

NSRI rescue swimmers responded and on arrival on the scene no persons in difficulty could be found.

On investigation it was confirmed that a male bystander had used an NSRI Pink rescue buoy, stationed at Central Beach, to assist a man who had been in difficulty in the surfline and both were safe out the water.

NSRI commend the bystander who went into the surf to assist and we commend  the bystanders who used the information on the Pink rescue buoy signboard to raise the alarm.

Then, at 07h11, with NSRI rescuers on the scene for the initial call, a surfer was spotted by fishermen in difficulty in the surf at The Gap, on the Robberg Peninsula, in heavy 6 foot sea swells and appearing to be attempting to paddle out of danger but caught in rip currents.

The sea rescue craft Free Runner was launched and reached the surfer, a local 22 year old male, 700 meters off-shore, and took him onboard and brought him safely to shore and once safely ashore he required no further assistance.

CAMPS BAY:

Luke van Riet, NSRI Bakoven station commander, said

On Saturday, 07 December, at 17h09, NSRI Bakoven duty crew, while at sea on routine exercises, we were diverted following eye-witness reports of a person on a paddle board or a surfboard, suspected to be in difficulty in heavy surf conditions and strong winds, off-shore of The Glen.

NSRI crew responded to the scene with binoculars to investigate and our sea rescue craft diverted to respond to the scene.

During a search, when no sign of a person in difficulty could be found, NSRI Table Bay duty crew launched sea rescue craft to assist in the search.

Following a thorough search no sign of a person in difficulty could be found and no reports of a person overdue or missing had been received.

We suspect that this was a false alarm with good intentions.  

On Sunday, 08 December, Clifton Surf Lifesaving lifeguards responded to Camps Bay Beach following eye-witness reports of a drowning in progress.

NSRI Bakoven and emergency services were activated and preparing to respond when lifeguards confirmed that a swimmer was safe out the water and no assistance was required.

NATIONAL:

In other incidents:

On Wednesday, 04 December, NSRI Witsand assisted at a scene at The Bar, at the Breede River Mouth, where a Rigid Inflatable Boat got into difficulty but her crew managed to self rescue and NSRI checked on them finding that they were fine.

On Wednesday, 04 December, NSRI Simonstown investigated eye-witness reports of surf-skiers appearing to be in difficulty. Paddlers on a downwind paddle were monitored until all surf-skiers were accounted for and safely ashore and it was confirmed that no surf-skiers had been in difficulty during the downwind paddle. 

On Wednesday, 04 December, NSRI Kommetjie and NSRI Hout Bay, investigated reports of a red distress flare sighted off-shore of Noordhoek. 2 sea rescue craft from NSRI Hout Bay, and sea rescue vehicles from NSRI Hout Bay and NSRI Kommetjie found no sign of any vessel in distress and the red distress flare deployment remains a mystery.

On Wednesday, 04 December, NSRI Gordons Bay and the emergency services responded to Harbour Island to reports of a drowning in progress and on arrival on the scene it was confirmed to be a false alarm with good intentions.

On Thursday, 05 December, NSRI St Lucia medics assisted the emergency services at a motor cycle accident. A patient was treated on the scene before being transported to hospital by ambulance

On Thursday, 05 December, NSRI Simonstown responded to St James tidal pool at the request of the SPCA to assist to free a seal entangled in discarded fish nets and on arrival on the scene found public members had already intervened and the seal was free of the net and no longer requiring NSRI or the SPCA.

On Thursday, 05 December, NSRI Gordons Bay and the emergency services responded to Gordons Bay beachfront to reports of drowning in progress and on arrival on the scene it was confirmed to be a false alarm with good intentions.

On Saturday, 07 December, NSRI Hout Bay, NSRI Bakoven and NSRI Table Bay investigated, with the assistance of TNPA (Transnet National Ports Authority), Telkom Maritime Radio Services and NSRI EOC (Emergency Operations Centre), eye-witness reports of a yacht suspected to be in difficulty off-shore of the Atlantic Seaboard. Investigations concluded this to be a false alarm with good intentions and the yacht was safe and well on her way to the RCYC (Royal Cape Yacht Club) from HBYC (Hout Bay Yacht Club).

On Saturday, 07 December, NSRI Melkbosstrand dispatched sea rescue craft and a sea rescue vehicle following eye-witness reports of a kite-surfer washing onto the rocks at Blouberg. It was established that a kite surfer was safe ashore after getting into difficulty and no further assistance was required.

On Sunday, 08 December, NSRI Gordons Bay assisted owners of a yacht which was taking water at her moorings in Gordons Bay Harbour, assisting to pump water from the yacht.

On Sunday, 08 December, NSRI Strandfontein assisted Police and the emergency services at an incident at a dam in a Cape Town Suburb where it is suspected a drowning occured.

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NSRI Pink Buoy to the rescue

NSRI STATION 21 - St Francis BayNSRI Pink BuoyAn NSRI pink rescue buoy has successfully been used in a surf rescue in Jeffreys Bay bringing the NSRI pink rescue buoys total successful deployments to date to 51.

On Friday afternoon, 29 November, an NSRI rescue swimmer deployed into the surf at Magnas Beach, a popular surf spot, with the NSRI pink rescue buoy stationed at Magnas Beach, where a male aged approximately 7 and a male aged 15 were seen in difficulty in the surfline.

The NSRI rescue swimmer reached the child and the teenager and with the aid of the NSRI pink rescue buoy floatation device the child was assisted to the shore while the 15 year old, a good swimmer, was able to swim with them back to the shore.

Once safely ashore no further assistance was required.

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