Port Alfred, Shelley Beach and other NSRI callouts
The finding of the body that went missing at Kasouga, Port Alfred, a drowning of a Johannesburg man at Shelley beach, a drowning at Algulhas, a woman blown out to sea on a tractor tube also at Agulhas, plus a drowning at Table Bay kept the respective NSRI stations along the East coast of South Africa extra busy yesterday, 2 January 2013.
Details of the call-outs are as follows:
STATION 11 PORT ALFRED:
At 8 am yesterday morning the body of the 22 year-old Amanzimtoti man, who drowned after being caught in a rip current at Kasouga on 28 December was recovered at Shelleys Beach, 25 kms from Kasouga.
STATION 20 SHELLY BEACH
At 4.16 pm the SAP Search and Rescue asked Station 30 Shelly Beach to help with the search for a 57 year-old Johannesburg man who disappeared in the water at Uvongo.
According to Shelly Beach station commander, Mark Harlen, the rescue boat Le Jenmar I was hitched up to the rescue vehicle and towed to Uvongo but as the NSRI volunteers arrived on scene the SAPS divers found the mans body in the surf zone.
STATION 30 AGULHAS ( TWO CALL OUTS):
At 11.50 am yesterday the Agulhas NSRI volunteers were called out for a drowning at Arniston. The rescue boat I&J Rescuer II was hitched up to the Sea Rescue vehicle and towed around to Arniston. The Fire and Rescue helicopter stationed at Bredasdorp was also activated.
According to Reinard Geldenhuys, Agulhas NSRI station commander, the lifesavers on duty at the beach saw a person in difficulty but were not able to get to him in time. The Fire and Rescue helicopter and NSRI volunteers searched until 14h19 when the case was handed to the SAPS.
At 4 pm informal divers found and recovered the body of an 18 year-old man from Arniston.
At 2.25 pm the Agulhas volunteers were again called out for a person on a tractor tube being blown out to sea from Struisbaai main beach.
I&J Rescuer II was launched seven minutes later and at 14h45 the NSRI volunteers lifted a 29 year old woman from Brackenfell from her tube onto the rescue boat.
She had blown 1,5 km off the beach in the strong wind that was prevailing at the time. According to Reinard Geldenhuys, Agulhas NSRI station commander, she was extremely relieved to see the NSRI as she was not sure that anyone had seen her being blown out to sea.
STATION 3 TABLE BAY
At 2.20 pm the Table Bay volunteers were called out for a man in the water in front of the V&A hotel.
He was seen by three independent eyewitnesses to be in difficulty.
According to Pat van Eyssen, NSRI Table Bay station commander, a charter boat rushed over to help him, but the man disappeared under the water before they got there. His T shirt and cap were recovered.
The SAP divers, SAPS Waterwing and the Sea Rescue boat Rotary Endeavor all responded.
While the search by the SAPS divers was underway the movement of boats in the Alfred basin was limited. The SAP dive unit located the body of an unidentified African male in his 20s at 4.18 pm.
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