NSRI Station 6 Port Elizabeth were alerted to a dolphin stranded on Cape Recife beach on Saturday morning and Sea Rescue Volunteers, Bay World staff and members of the Nelson Mandela Bay Marine Animal Stranding Network responded straight to the scene where they found a Common Dolphin well up on the beach.
Port Elizabeth NSRI Station Commander Ian Gray said,” We helped Dr Greg Hoffman and the Stranding Network volunteers to load the adult female Common Dolphin into their special stretcher and then into the Bay World vehicle to be transported to our Sea Rescue station.
“The Sea Rescue vessel JLT Rescuer was prepared and after transferring the dolphin to the Sea Rescue boat we transported her approximately 4 nautical miles out to sea where she was released at 10h05.
” We are cautiously optimistic that she will survive the ordeal,”said Ian.
In an incident off Cape St Francis on Friday afternoon NSRI Station 21 St Francis Bay were alerted to a Kite Surfer in difficulty. The sea rescue craft Spirit of St Francis II was launched and on arrival on the scene the kite-boarder, a local man aged in his early 50’s was found safe ashore after he abandoned his kite-board in big surf and swam to shore and he was safe and unharmed.
NSRI collected his board and kite using the sea rescue craft and brought it to shore and the experienced kite boarder required no further assistance.