NSRI rescue man, whale

2018-07-24 06:01

The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) was active in assisting after a gas explosion at a domestic house in Kommetjie.

Ian Klopper, NSRI Kommetjie station commander, says that the NSRI Kommetjie crew responded to a residence in Kommetjie on Sunday 22 July at 16:22 following reports of a house fire.

“Cape Town Fire and Rescue Services and Cape Medical Response (CMR) were activated. On arrival on the scene we found a man was slightly injured and he was treated by NSRI medics and handed into the care of CMR medics on their arrival,” Klopper says.

The gas bottle explosion did not cause a fire. Fire and Rescue Services made the scene safe and investigations into the cause of the gas bottle exploding will be undertaken by authorities.

In a seperate incident, NSRI crew responded to a stranded a whale in Camps Bay.

Luke van Riet, NSRI Bakoven deputy station commander, says that his crew were activated at 17:15 on Sunday following reports from the City of Cape Town of a suspected dolphin on the rocks that was stranded in shallow turf next to Camps Bay tidal pool.

“The City of Cape Town Marine Animal Stranding Network had been activated and NSRI Bakoven crew arriving on the scene found the animal to be a Gray’s Beaked Whale stranded in shallow surf amongst rocks. With low tide an hour away our NSRI crew loaded the whale onto our body stretcher and kept the whale in the water pending the arrival of a veterinary surgeon who had been activated to assess the health of the animal,” he says.

Considerations were made to swim the whale out to sea using the body stretcher if it was deemed to be healthy enough and additional NSRI Bakoven rescue swimmers in wet suits were summoned to the scene. “Sadly the whale was determined by the vet and by Marine Authorities to be in an advanced deteriorating state of health and authorities and the vet humanely euthanised the whale and Solid Waste Management are making arrangements to remove the carcass,” Van Riet says.

Samples were taken for study by the Department of Environmental Affairs.

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