NSRI kept on their toes this weekend

2016-01-03 17:38

The body of a nine-year boy, who drowned as St Michael’s Lagoon on the Kwazulu-Natal south coast, was recovered on Sunday, the National Sea Rescue Institute said.
 
“This morning [Sunday] the body of the child was located and recovered and taken into the care of the forensic pathology services,” said the NSRI spokesman Craig Lambinon.
 
The little boy had gone missing at the lagoon on Saturday night.  NSRI crews joined police divers in searching for him on Sunday morning.
 
An inquest docket has since been opened.
 
The sea rescue organisation also responded to various other emergency situations across the country’s coastlines – including assisting a seriously injured woman in Jeffeys Bay.
 
The twenty-five-year old, from Pretoria, was swimming with a friend at Secret’s Beach, when they found themselves battling rip currents on Saturday night.
 
“Two surfers swam out to help them… Taking life jackets with them, they were able to assist both ladies to rocks.”
 
NSRI rescuers then assisted in bringing the women to shore. While the one woman did not need medical assistance, the other was “lapsing in and out of consciousness”.
 
She was treated for non-fatal drowning symptoms and taken to hospital.   
 
“[She remains in] a stable but serious condition and…is expected to fully recover.”
 
NSRI crews also assisted with an incident in Isipingo, in Durban, on Sunday, whereby two fisherman had fallen into the water after their rubber duck overturned.  The men were rescued, and suffered no injuries.
 
There were similar happy endings when NSRI rescue crews were involved in assisting during separate jet ski and surf-ski accidents.
 
In the first incident, NSRI rescuers were alerted to a red distress flare that was seen coming from just south of the Durban harbour entrance.
 
Crews went to investigate and found a fisherman next to his jet ski.
 
“It appears that the fisherman had fallen off his jet ski and being unable to climb back on, had fired a red pencil flare.”
 
Once he was helped back onto his transportation device, the fisherman was well on his way.
 
In the second incident, in Simonstown, a rescue craft and helicopter were launched after a group of paddlers reported that they had lost sight of one of the men in their group.
 
“During a search the paddler was found drifting and holding onto his surf-ski.  He had drifted in the direction of Glencairn.”
 
He was brought safely to shore.
 
Meanwhile, on Saturday, in Gordon’s Bay, three people were rescued after the anchor chain on their yacht snapped and they were swept into rocks at Maas Baai near to Kleinmond.
 
“NSRI Gordons Bay and NSRI Hermanus launched sea rescue craft and on arrival on the scene found the yacht hard aground on rocks.”
 
The crews assisted with towing the yacht.  It was found to be undamaged and those on board unharmed.

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