Sea rescues by NSRI in Western Cape today

NSRI News release: Rescue roundups by NSRI National:

SEA RESCUE – Western Cape – Friday, 18 April, 2014. NSRI assist at motorbike accident, Melkbosstrand. Boats capsize, Kommetjie. Boat assisted, Struisbaai. Beached dolphin dies, Hermanus. Boat assisted, Hermanus:


At 07h10, Friday, 18th April, NSRI Melkbosstrand volunteer sea rescue duty crew, while driving towards a training exercise in the sea rescue vehicle, came across a motor bike accident on Otto du Plessis Drive, between Eerste Steen and Tweede Steen.

NSRI medics rendered medical care to a critically injured man, believed to be aged approximately 30, who had crashed his motorbike on the roadway. It appears that no other vehicle or persons were involved in the accident.

An ambulance was summoned and the man was transported to hospital in a critical condition by ambulance.

Police are investigating the accident.
At 12h19, Friday, 18th April, NSRI Kommetjie volunteer sea rescue duty crew were activated following reports of a rubber-duck with three people onboard capsized at Long Beach, Kommetjie.

NSRI Kommetjie volunteer sea rescue duty crew launched the sea rescue craft SPIRIT OF WINELANDS and a Police Sea Borderline boat and a Law Enforcement boat responded.

On arrival on-scene NSRI recovered a male who had been rescued out of the water onto a surfboard by a surfer and 2 men were rescued off the upturned hull of the boat by NSRI and all 3 men, aged 17, 29 and 52, from Somerset West, were brought to shore and the 17 year old male was transported to hospital by a CMR (Cape Medical Response) ambulance suffering exhaustion and hypothermia but in a stable condition and he is expected to fully recover.

Their boat was righted and recovered by NSRI Kommetjie.


A short while later NSRI Kommetjie sea rescue craft SPIRIT OF WINELANDS and the Police Sea Borderline boat responded again to Long Beach, Kommetjie, where another rubber-duck capsized with 4 men onboard.

All 4 men, known only to be Capetonians, were rescued by the Police Sea Borderline and they were brought to shore not injured.

NSRI Kommetjie recovered the mens boat.


Struis Baai:


At 14h15, Friday, 18th April, NSRI Agulhas responded their sea rescue craft I&J Rescuer following reports of 3 red distress flares sighted off-shore of Struis Baai.

On arrival on-scene, 2 nautical miles off-shore of Struis Baai, 3 adult men, from Brackenfell, were found on their boat which had sustained motor failure while the men were fishing.

They had raised the alarm by firing the 3 red distress flares.

They were towed to the harbour where they required no further assistance.




Early this morning, Friday, 18th April, NSRI Hermanus were informed that lifeguards at Voelklip beach had assisted a small dolphin found stranded on the beach. The lifeguards had swum the dolphin out to sea with the aid of rip-currents and released the dolphin hoping it would survive.

Later, at 14h00, NSRI Hermanus were activated to respond to Grotto Beach where bystanders had found a small dolphin beached.

Believing this to be the same dolphin NSRI Hermanus volunteer duty crew found the dolphin to be weak and the dolphin was loaded onto the sea rescue vehicle and transported to the old harbour White Shark Conservancy in an attempt to seek assistance for the dolphin but sadly during transportation the dolphin has died and the dolphin carcass has been taken to the New Harbour and will be collected by the Department of Environment – Oceans and Coasts.


Later, at approximately 15h00, NSRI Hermanus were activated to respond to assist 5 people, 3 adult males, a teenage male and a teenage female, on a 7 meter rubber-duck, off-shore of Skulphoek, Hermanus, after their boat had sustained motor failure.

NSRI Hermanus towed the boat to the New Harbour where once safely ashore they required no further assistance.

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