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Busy weekend for NSRI in Garden Route

MARCH 22, 2016
Busy weekend for NSRI in Garden Route

The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) had a busy weekend in the Garden Route according to a report by Craig Lambinon, NSRI Communications Officer.


"At 23h14, Thursday, 17th March, NSRI Hermanus duty crew responded and launched a sea rescue craft at Fisherhaven Lagoon following bystander reports of a man shouting for help from the lagoon but in the dark only the shouts for help could be heard and no physical sighting of anyone in trouble could be seen," described Lambinon.

Despite an extensive search on the lagoon, assisted by Police, no sign of anyone in difficulty could be found.

"On Saturday, 19th March, it was revealed by Police, who had investigated the incident, that a local adult man from the local Benguela Settlement had quarrelled with his wife during a party when the man drove his Mercedes into the lagoon and he is suspected to have threatened suicide before shouting for help (the shouts were heard by bystanders who raised the alarm) but it is believed that later the man got out of the water and he walked home," he said.

"It is believed that the vehicle was recovered the next day."

At 20h00, on Saturday, NSRI Hermanus duty crew investigated eye-witness reports of a red distress flare sighted off-shore of De Kelders.

"After no further flares were sighted, and with no persons reported overdue or missing, and no sign of any vessels in distress no further action was taken and by Sunday, 20th March, with still no reports of any persons missing or overdue the origin and reason of the red distress flare activation remains a mystery."

Lambinon said at 10h23, on Monday, NSRI Hermanus duty crew, WC Government Health EMS and the EMS/AMS Skymed rescue helicopter were activated to respond to Pearly Beach following eye-witness reports of a paddler in difficulty, 500 meters off-shore, on a Sea-Kayak.

"Prior to emergency teams arriving on the scene, a private boat, with two men onboard who were fishing in the area, were alerted by friends of the paddler in distress and they went to his assistance and rescued the 52 year old paddler, from Parow, and they brought him to shore and he required no further assistance."

All responding resources were stood down to return to base.


Lambinon said that at 19h20, on Sunday, NSRI Mossel Bay duty crew launched their sea rescue craft to assist the yacht JML Rotary suffering motor mechanical failure that required assistance to get into the harbour to her berth from just outside of the harbour entrance.

NSRI Mossel Bay towed the boat to a safe berthing inside the harbour without incident and no further assistance was required.


"At 11h32, on Monday, NSRI Knysna duty crew, accompanied by the NSRI Knysna station doctor, responded aboard the sea rescue craft Jaytee III following reports of a motor vehicle accident on the Western Knysna Head at Featherbed," said Lambinon.

"On arrival on the scene it was found that two sightseeing vehicles had collided after one of the vehicles may have suffered suspected mechanical break failure.

"A stationary vehicle with no passengers onboard was collided into by the vehicle that is suspected to have had mechanical break failure and which was carrying at least 45 passengers."

Only the local male driver was treated for a minor back injury and a 79 year old German male passenger was treated for a laceration to the hand.

No one else was injured in the accident.

"The two injured persons were brought to the sea rescue base in Knysna aboard the sea rescue craft and both were transported to hospital by EMS ambulance for further treatment and both are expected to make full recoveries."