Trapped whale freed by SAWDN, NSRI St Francis Bay (photos)

A juvenile Humpback whale entangled in rope and buoys near St Francis Bay was freed by SAWDN and local NSRI volunteers yesterday. The South African Whale Disentanglement Network (SAWDN) said at 2.12 pm yesterday, 15 September, it was activated by reports of the trapped 10-meter whale about 18 nautical miles offshore. NSRI St Francis Bay…

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….

Fisherman chops off finger while cutting ice blocks (update 7 pm)

A 34 year-old Ceres fisherman completely amputated his left index finger with an ice chopping knife while cutting ice blocks near Hermanus this morning. According to Gideon Loubser, NSRI Hermanus duty controller,  at 9.15 am, 29 July 2012, NSRI Hermanus volunteer sea rescue duty crew were activated following a request for medical assistance from the…

New Discovery rescue runner launched in JBay

Discovery has again assisted Sea Rescue to make a meaningful difference on South African waters with the launch of another rescue runner in Jefferey’s Bay. The Discovery Rescue Runner launch provided an opportunity for those present to be shown the intricacies that go into a sea rescue, and how critical the equipment is to the…

NSRI St Francis Bay commander and volunteers commended

NSRI St Francis Bay, station commander, Marc May, has been commended for all the great sea rescue efforts he and the local sea rescue volunteers at Station 21, are doing to save lives. In making the commendation at an impromptu visit to St Francis Bay, Ian Wienburg, the CEO of National Sea Rescue, also discussed…

Quick action by NSRI saves child’s life

Immediate resuscitation efforts by NSRI Knysna volunteers to an unconscious four year-old child struggling to breathe, saved the child’s life yesterday. According to NSRI Knysna, the boy had been pulled out of the water at Leisure Isle by bystanders after apparently getting into into difficulties while paddling in shallow water. The quick response by NSRI volunteers and…

22 die in water related incidents so far this year

A total of 22 deaths from water related accidents and drowning accidents around the South African coast have been recorded since the beginning of 2012. In the light of this the NSRI rges recreational bathers and boaters to exercise extreme caution – particulalry as this week is the peak of the full moon spring tide…

Surfer dislocates shoulder at Super Tubes

NSRI Jeffreys Bay volunteer crew raced to Super Tubes this morning to assist an injured  surfer. According to the official NSRI report, at 11.28 am today NSRI Jeffreys Bay volunteer sea rescue duty crew responded to Super Tubes, Jeffreys Bay, following reports of a surfer suspected to be in difficulty. A sea rescue jet-ski was…

Blind Husky dog rescued by NSRI on New Year’s Day

A blind husky dog perilously perched on a cliff ledge was rescued by a Simonstown NSRI volunteer team yesterday. The dog, Maddox, was found 30 meters up a mountain. It had apparently negotiated the mountainside until it could proceed no further. It was unable to see its way out of its predicament and had to…

Man dies at Jeffreys Bay beach, yacht rescued off Port St Francis

Jeffreys Bay… A 29 year old East London man died on the Kabeljous Beach, Jeffreys Bay, yesterday after experiencing an epileptic fit when he was hit by a tennis ball. Rieghard Janse van Rensburg, NSRI Jeffreys Bay station commander, said at 2.35 pm NSRI Jeffreys Bay volunteer sea rescue duty crew and 24/7 paramedic services were activated following reports…

NSRI raises R68 560 in golf fundraiser

(By Bev Mortimer)  A whopping R68 560 was raised today in the annual NSRI St Francis Bay golf day, held at St Francis Links. There were 376 golfers taking part in this fun  event that was handled with aplomb by professional MC, Jo Brown. Preceding prize giving there was an auction with fabulous prizes being…