Strandfontein sea rescue crews find hijacked vehicle

2016-11-27 19:23

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Johannesburg - Strandfontein sea rescue officials became crime-busters as well as water warriors when they helped track down a hijacked vehicle, the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) said on Sunday.

Station staff were having a festive get-together on Friday night when they were alerted by fishermen about a couple who appeared to be in trouble on Strandfontein Beach.

"We dispatched our sea rescue vehicle and our rescue quad bike and on arrival on the scene we found an abandoned vehicle in amongst the sand dunes and we activated the SA Police Services," said NSRI station commander Vaughn Seconds.

Police then located the man and woman running along Lukkanon Drive on the beachfront.

The couple, both in their thirties and from Mitchell's Plain, were in shock having been hijacked by a group of men.

"The men had driven their vehicle... in amongst the sand dunes but the couple were able to escape."

NSRI medics treated them for shock.

Police are investigating the incident.

Meanwhile in Kommetjie, NSRI officials assisted with their more conventional water-based duties when they helped a pair of crayfish catchers who had been blown out to sea on Saturday.

"We were diverted to respond to assist two local men, aged 31 and 33, being blown out to sea on a small inflatable craft at Bone Yards, offshore of Kommetjie," said Kommetjie station commander, Ian Klopper.

The men had drifted 100 meters off-shore, but were transported to safety by the NSRI officials.

Crayfish season officially opened on Saturday. The NSRI urged those hoping to catch the crustacean critters to exercise caution, taking heed of low and high tides.

In a separate incident on Saturday evening, a Richards Bay NSRI crew helped a man who was struggling in the water at the Bay Hall recreational area in the Port of Richards Bay.

"Our NSRI medics administered medical treatment to the semi-conscious man, suffering non-fatal drowning symptoms," said station commander Dorian Robertson.

He was subsequently taken to hospital in serious but stable condition.


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