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Five beach-goers rescued from rip currents in Jeffreys Bay

Dec 29, 2016
Five beach-goers rescued from rip currents in Jeffreys Bay

Five people had to be rescued after they were caught in rip currents at a Jeffreys Bay beach by Kouga Local Municipality lifeguards on Thursday afternoon.

According to Rieghard Janse van Rensburg, National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) Jeffreys Bay station commander; "At Kabaljous Beach, five people were assisted out of the water by Kouga Municipal lifeguards after being caught in rip currents.

"They were not injured and required no further assistance."

Janse van Rensburg also said that just before midday on Thursday, "we assisted a husband and his wife from Bryanston, Johannesburg, on a Jet-Ski suffering mechanical motor failure.

"Once safely ashore, they required no further assistance."

Meanwhile, Sarah Smith, NSRI St Francis Bay station commander, said: "At 20h11, Wednesday, 28th December, a boat beached on a sand bank was assisted safely and with all occupants safe they required no further assistance."

She said that then at around 21h27, together with NSRI Plettenberg Bay, NSRI St Francis Bay investigated red distress flare sightings off-shore of Eerste River.

"But after no further sightings were noted and with no persons reported to be overdue or missing a search was suspended and the activation of the distress flares remains a mystery."