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Port Elizabeth fisherman rescued after being trapped by high tide

Sep 11, 2017
Port Elizabeth fisherman rescued after being trapped by high tide

A Port Elizabeth man made a lucky escape when he was rescued by a local National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) crew after being cut off from the Summerstrand beach by huge waves while fishing over the weekend.

According to Ian Gray, NSRI Port Elizabeth station commander, at 16h10 on Saturday, the NSRI Port Elizabeth duty crew were activated following reports from Summerstrand lifeguards of a man appearing to be in trouble on rocks that had been cut off from mainland during the rising tide.

"The sea rescue craft Spirit of Surfski IV, with our NSRI coxswain Mike Wilson and NSRI crewman Adrian James, was launched and CWR (Coastal Water Rescue) and EC Government Health EMS responded.

"On arrival on the scene, an unidentified surfer was found with the 35-year-old Port Elizabeth man," he described.

"The 35-year-old man had been fishing on the rocks which had been cut off from mainland during the rising high tide. Waves had started to wash over him and an unidentified surfer had paddled to the man and the surfer had stayed with the man reassuring him that help was on the way and encouraging him to brace and to hold tight when waves washed over him."

Gray said that the NSRI sea rescue craft arrived on the scene finding the man trapped on the rocks and with about an hour to go before high tide the rocks would have been completely swamped at high tide.

"Coxswain, Mike Wilson, put the bow of Spirit of Surfski IV onto the edge of the rocks and crewman, Adrian James, pulled the fisherman into the sea rescue craft and backing away from the rocks they thanked the surfer for his assistance and the casualty was brought safely to shore," he added.

"EMS paramedics checked on the man and with no injuries he was released requiring no further assistance.

"The unidentified surfer is commended for his assistance."

Image: Picture taken by Dirk Erasmus of CWR (Coastal Water Rescue): The sea rescue craft Spirit of Surfski IV with the casualty onboard and the surfer who helped being thanked by coxswain Mike Wilson.