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31 December 2011

Very busy two days for NSRI volunteers


Off-duty NSRI Table Bay senior volunteer Pat van Eyssen, yesterday, at 09h30, (Thursday, 29th December), while crayfishing with his son, on their rigid inflatable craft, came across the upturned hull of a ski-boat approximately 700 meters off-shore of Hangklip.
Fearing people missing at sea or perhaps still trapped under the boat Pats son Patrick James swam under the boat to investigate but no people were found.
The name of the boat, SEA HAWK, was radioed to Maritime Radio Services to attempt to locate the owners but a short while later the boat owner arrived on-scene in another boat to tow his capsized boat to shore.
The owner, from Gordon’s Bay, claimed that they had capsized with 5 people onboard at around 07h00 but it is not clear how they all managed to get ashore but Pat confirmed that no one had been injured.
Once their boat was towed ashore Pat and his son assisted them to right the craft which was later recovered.

Sea Hawk

Patrick James van Eyssen swims to the upturned hull.

Port Alfred

At approximately 15h00 on Thursday, 29th December NSRI were activated following reports of 4 children being swept out to sea at East Beach.
On arrival on-scene a 12 year old girl was found on the beach in a serious condition suffering near drowning symptoms.
NSRI rushed the child to hospital accompanied by two doctors but the child died later in hospital. It appears that the remaining 3 children who were suspected to also be in difficulty were not harmed.
Police have opened an inquest docket and NSRI have no further details.

NSRI Port Alfred responded to two separate incidents yesterday, (Thursday, 29th December), at 16h30, following reports of 3 children suspected to have been swept away by rip-currents at the Fish River Mouth.
Prior to NSRI arriving on-scene it was confirmed that the children’s father had rescued them before getting into difficulty himself when a surfer rescued him and a doctor on-scene confirmed that no one was injured.
No further details are available.


NSRI Melkbosstrand were activated at 14h15, on Thursday, 29th December following reports of a drowning in progress at Melkbosstrand Beach.
NSRI Melkbosstrand volunteers responded to the scene where a 19 year old male, Jason James, from Centurion, was found already out of the water after getting into difficulties while swimming in the surf.
An unidentified male who had been standing on the beach nearby at the time had rushed into the surf after noticing Jason in difficulty and he had swum Jason out of the surf onto the beach.
Law Enforcement officers were in attendance and NSRI paramedics treated Jason for near drowning symptoms before he was transported to hospital by Metro EMS ambulance in a stable condition.

East London

NSRI East London were activated to respond to Nahoon River, at 14h20 on Friday, 30th December, following reports of a drowning in progress high up the river near Evans Flow.
NSRI towed their DISCOVERY rescue runner to the scene and the Buffalo City Fire and Rescue Services and the SA Police Force also responded.
On arrival it was confirmed that a 17 year old boy, on his Abakwetha, had drowned while swimming in the river.
His friends claimed he had been under water for over an hour.
Buffalo City Fire and Rescue Services divers were deployed into the water to dive search and following a dive search the body of the teenager was recovered and handed into the care of the Forensic Pathology Services.
Police have opened an inquest docket.


NSRI Kommetjie responded, at 12h20, on Friday, 30th December, following reports of a boat capsized with 3 people onboard just off-shore of the Kommetjie slip way.
All 3 men, David Eastman, 22, from Bergvliet, Cameron Clarke, 20, from Constantia, and Alnda Dlepu, 22, from Pinelands, managed to get to shore safely without injuries and Alnda was treated on-scene by NSRI medics for Asthma, but following treatment he required no further assistance. Their boat was recovered with the help of a private boat, which towed their boat ashore, and NSRI volunteers who assisted to right their boat.

Richards Bay

At 14h15 on Friday, 30th December NSRI Richards Bay volunteer Johan Momberg, on his own private boat at the time, witnessed a Halcat (small sailing boat) capsize at Buoy number 5, in the main shipping lane, in the Port of Richards Bay with 2 adult men onboard, one a local and one from Port Elizabeth.
Johan stood-by on-scene and activated the NSRI Richards Bay volunteer sea rescue duty crew who responded aboard the sea rescue craft SPIRIT OF ROUND TABLE and the casualty craft was towed to shore safely. The two men were not injured.

Then at 15h00, NSRI Richards Bay responded to 2 kilometers North of 5 mile beach where a kite surfer had sustained a suspected fractured leg while kite surfing.
His friends had managed to swim him ashore where they waited for the rescue services.
Reaching the barely accessible location required NSRI’s rescue vehicle to drive 6 kilometers along the beach (they entered the beach at nHalabane) but because of the high tide they could only drive up to 5 Mile Beach and from there NSRI volunteer crewman Werner Smit hiked the remaining 2 kilometers to reach the scene.
Because the NSRI vehicle could not get any closer to the scene NSRI rescuer Werner Smit picked the patient up in a fireman’s lift (the same carrying method firemen use to extricate people from burning buildings) and Werner hiked the patient the 2 kilometers along the beach to the waiting NSRI rescue vehicle.
Once safely in the NSRI rescue vehicle the patient was driven along the beach to where his friends had a Land Rover and they have transported their friend to hospital.
The patient, Dean Hinkins, from Kensington, Johannesburg, was extremely appreciative of the NSRI’s efforts.

NSRI Richards Bay have been informed that a man is missing, presumed drowned, at Cape Vidal, St Lucia. SA National Parks and the SA Police Force are continuing with an ongoing search operation but NSRI have no further details.