NSRI rallies to help jet skier and three fishermen

 NSRI St Francis Bay and Jeffreys Bay  responded to four separate calls for assistance this week – one a jet skier in difficulty and three ill fishermen on chokka boats.

In the first incident, following reports of a jet-skier in difficulty 2 kms from Main Beach NSRI Jeffreys Bay volunteer sea rescue duty crew rallied to assist.

The incident happened at 6 pm on 3 October. When the sea rescue crew arrived on scene they found a jet-skier in the surf line in difficulty. His jetski had suffered mechanical failure.

The adult man was assisted to recover his jet-ski out of the surf.  NSRI towed the jet-ski to main beach using the NSRI Quad Bike and assisted the man to get a mechanic to have the jet-ski repaired. No one was injured and no further assistance was required.

 The following day in St Francis Bay, (4 October), NSRI St Francis Bay Volunteer duty crew treated a fisherman in his 60s for a severe asthma attack. They launched their sea rescue craft Spirit of St Francis II and proceeded to the chokka fishing boat Silver Arrow off-shore of St Francis Bay. 

The patient was brought to shore by NSRI and was transported to hospital by 24/7 ambulance services in a serious but stable condition. 

Also at St Francis Bay, on Friday, 5 October, NSRI St Francis Bay volunteer duty crew treated a man in his 30s for a stomach ailment. They Spirit of St Francis II went to rendezvous with the chokka fishing boat Sea Lion off-shore of Monsters Hoek. 

 During the call out volunteer crew were also sent to also treat a man suffering Hemoptysis (coughing up blood) on the chokka fishing boat, Dermar. 

Both patients were brought to shore on board the NSRI sea rescue craft. They were then transported to hospital in stable conditions by 24/7 ambulance services. 

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