NSRI STATION 21 - St Francis BayLate Monday afternoon Wilderness duty crew were activated following reports of a drowning in progress at Cola Beach, Sedgefield.

NSRI Wilderness medics and WC Government Health EMS responded to the scene where it was found a 22 year old female, from the United States of America (USA), on a student tour, had been rescued from the surf by a fellow male student, from USA, after being caught in rip currents and the female was treated by paramedics for non-fatal drowning symptoms and transported to hospital in a stable condition by EMS ambulance and she is expected to make a full recovery.

And later Monday evening NSRI Plettenberg Bay duty crew launched sea rescue Ray Farnham Rescuer, accompanied by the NSRI Station 14 duty doctor, to rendezvous with a fishing vessel 6 nautical miles off-shore of Plettenberg Bay to patient evacuate a male crewman suffering a medical emergency.

On arrival on the scene the doctor was transferred onto the fishing boat and the patient was stabilised and transferred onto the sea rescue craft and brought to shore where WC Government Health EMS were standing by and he has been transported to hospital by EMS ambulance in a stable condition for further treatment.