NSRI rescues over the past few days

Sea Rescue incidents around the country over the past few days include those at St Francis Bay and Jeffreys Bay.

St Francis Bay:

 At 19h00 on Saturday, 21st December, NSRI St Francis Bay assisted the boat TRUE NORTH that suffered battery failure off-shore of Shark Point.

NSRI St Francis Bay towed the boat to just outside of the harbor where a marine company brought them new batteries. 

Jeffreys Bay 

NSRI Jeffreys Bay have assisted in three incidents over the past few days including the evacuation of a 41 year old fisherman from the Chokka fishing boat RAFIKI who suffered a fishing hook through his hand two days prior and despite attempting to go on with normal fishing pain had increased leading to the skipper requesting medical assistance for the patient to be seen to in hospital.

NSRI Jeffreys Bay launched the sea rescue craft Loved 1’s 24.: and met up with the Chokka boat 8 nautical miles off-shore and the patient was brought to shore in a stable condition and transported to hospital in Humansdorp by Relay paramedic services.

 Then on Sunday, 22nd December, at 11h15, in two separate incidents boats got lost in thick fog off-shore of Jeffreys Bay.

NSRI Jeffreys Bay launched the sea rescue craft Loved 1’s 24.:, a Discovery Rescue Runner, a quad bike and a sea rescue vehicle and following a search 3 males were found on their semi rigid boat and brought safely ashore and later 5 males were found on their semi rigid boat and brought safely ashore.  


 NSRI Witsand responded on Thursday morning, 19th December, at 06h00, to reports of a pencil duck overturned at Morris Reef and the two young men onboard, aged in their early 20’s, of Team Volvo, training for the Trans Agulhas, firing flares.

NSRI Witsand volunteer sea rescue duty crew launched the sea rescue craft COLORPRESS RESCUER and both men were rescued and were not injured and their rubber duck was recovered.

A rough South Easterly choppy sea condition may have contributed to their capsizing.


 On Thursday night, 19th December, at 23h55, a local man put his boat on a sand bank on Knysna lagoon to collect bait when his boat washed away in an outgoing tide.

NSRI Knysna volunteer sea rescue duty crew launched the sea rescue craft JAYTEE III and first picked up the local man and then found his boat heading out of the channel towards Knysna Heads and the boat was recovered. 

 Lamberts Bay:

 On Wednesday, 18th December, mid morning, NSRI Lamberts Bay volunteer sea rescue duty crew launched the auxilliary sea rescue craft SUNBIRD to respond to assist a man and his two children, boys aged 8 and 12, from their capsized craft at Deurspring, 8 nautical miles North of Lamberts Bay.

On arrival on-scene NSRI Lamberts Bay crew found a local fishing boat had rescued all 3 who were not injured.


 At 05h45 Sunday, 22nd December, NSRI Agulhas volunteer sea rescue duty crew launched VODACOM RESCUER VII to assist 5 fishermen on their 9 meter commercial fishing boat that suffered fuel starvation after one motor died from mechanical failure and they attempted to get to shore on their second motor, but fully laden with their fishing catch the second motor expended all her fuel before reaching the harbor.

They were towed to the Struisbaai harbor by NSRI where they refueled.

 Shelly Beach:

 On Sunday 22nd December at 07h50 NSRI Shelly Beach volunteer sea rescue duty crew responded aboard CALTEX ENDEAVOR to reports of a jet-ski, with three people onboard, capsized off shore of Southbroom.

2 men aged in their 40’s and a male 12 year old, were rescued and were not injured. Their craft was also recovered.

 Then at 13h00, Sunday, 22nd December, NSRI Shelly Beach responded to Ramsgate where it was reported a man being swept out to sea.

On arrival on-scene the 55 year old man was found safely on the beach and not injured.

It appears that he had managed to get himself free of a rip current and swim back to shore without assistance.

 NSRI urgently appeal to those on or near water to exercise caution. Bathers be aware and extremely cautious of rip currents. Anglers be aware and extremely cautious while fishing from rocks along the shoreline. Boaters and paddlers wear your life-jackets at all times while on water, carry safety equipment and let a responsible person know of your launch time, your route and your return time. Children should have responsible adult supervision around all water.

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