Saturday, 29 December 2012

Sea Rescue - NATIONAL – FRIDAY 28 December 2012


At 14H20 the Bay View Ambulance service alerted Knysna station commander Graeme Harding to a 26 year old man from Midrand Gauteng who had dislocated his left knee at Die Blokke, Brenton-on-Sea.

The Knysna NSRI volunteers were called out, but due to adverse sea conditions they were unable to get a rescue boat into the area. A stretcher party of twelve NSRI volunteers was put together and the man was carried up the long narrow path to the Brenton-on Sea parking area where a Bayview and a METRO ambulance were waiting. The man was taken to Knysna Private hospital in a stable condition to be treated for his dislocation.


At 17h00 the NSRI volunteers were called out at Plettenberg Bay for a boat overturned in the river mouth.

Plettenberg Bay Station commander Deon Truter said that the 5 metre skiboat with two 50 HP engines had capsized but both men, from Port Elizabeth, were wearing life jackets and had managed to get themselves safely ashore.

The Plettenberg Bay duty crew launched Leonard Smith ( it was her first operation), Sally Joan and Airlink Rescuer and responded to the river mouth to find both men ashore. The NSRI volunteers succeeded in righting the ski boat and towed it to Central beach at 18h17 where it was handed back to the two men.


At 16h29 Shelley Beach NSRI volunteers were called out to help the SAPS at Thurton Beach, 35 km north of Shelley Beach, search for a 17 year old local who disappeared under the water while swimming.

The NSRI volunteers towed their 4 metre rescue boat, Spirit of Le Jenmar I, and launched it on scene. After an intensive search the operation was called off at 18h45 due to bad light. The SAPS have taken over the operation and will continue the search tomorrow morning.


Released by:

Andrew Ingram
Sea Rescue Communications

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