NSRI STATION 21 - St Francis Bay

During an NSRI Junior Academy routine lifeguard training, NSRI Jeffreys Bay were alerted by the public reporting to have had lost sight of a person swimming at Main Beach when they lost sight of the person they feared for their safety

An NSRI lifeguard using a Malibu Rescue Board initiated a search and NSRI Waverunner launched to join in the search with duty crew launching the sea rescue craft Project Group Rescuer.

The SA Police Services, Private Care ambulance services and EC Government Health EMS also responded.

An NSRI lifeguard located and recovered the swimmer onto a Malibu rescue board who it was found was a 34 year old man. He was transferred onto the sea rescue craft and CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) efforts commenced.

The patient was brought to shore where paramedics continued with extensive CPR efforts but sadly after all efforts were exhausted the man has been declared deceased.

The body of the man has been taken into the care of the Forensic Pathology Services and Police have opened an inquest docket.

Condolences are conveyed to family of the deceased man.


On Sunday, 08 September, NSRI St Francis Bay duty crew were activated following a request for medical assistance from a Chokka fishing boat that was heading towards St Francis Bay after lifting fishing gear and anchor from deep-sea fishing grounds reporting a 49 year old Port Alfred crewman onboard suffering a medical emergency.

NSRI Oyster Bay were placed on alert and Private Care ambulance services were activated to stand by at our NSRI base.

The sea rescue craft Spirit of St Francis II was launched and rendezvoused with the fishing boat just off-shore of Oyster Bay Point.

The patient was transferred onto the sea rescue craft and brought to the NSRI station at Port St Francis where the patient was transported to hospital in a stable condition by Private Care ambulance for further treatment.