On Wednesday, 23rd December, at 15h43, NSRI Plettenberg Bay assisted a man, from Pretoria, after his boat capsized behind the breakers off Keurbooms River Mouth.
The man was rescued from the surf onto the Sea Rescue craft and his boat, which had washed ashore, was recovered and he was brought to the Sea Rescue base where his family collected him. He was not injured.
At 12h30, Sunday, 27th December, NSRI Plettenberg Bay duty crew responded their Sea Rescue craft and a land party with rescue swimmers following reports of a drowning in progress at Natures Valley.
A 28 year old man from Austria, on holiday, got into difficulty in a rip current while swimming.
While responding to the scene a local spear fisherman had swum out to the man and assisted him to shore.
On NSRI’s arrival on the scene the casualty was found safe ashore, not injured and he required no further assistance.
The spear fisherman is commended for assisting the casualty.
At 15h39, Sunday, 27th December, NSRI Plettenberg Bay duty crew responded aboard sea rescue craft and a land party, including NSRI rescue swimmers and an NSRI doctor, following eye-witnesses reporting a man in difficulty in the water off the rocks on the Wild Side of Robberg.
The man is believed to have been swept off rocks while fishing and 2 male family members had jumped into the water to try to assist him.
The EMS/AMS Skymed rescue helicopter, WC Government Health EMS and the Mountain Club of South Africa – Search and Rescue also responded.
It was then reported by an American lady, who had witnessed the incident, that she was on the scene and she had managed to assist the fisherman onto rocks and she reported him to be injured.
The two family members had managed to swim out of the water and they were not injured.
On NSRI’s arrival on the scene the fisherman was found to be suffering difficulty in breathing, a dislocated shoulder and multiple lacerations to his body sustained from the rocks.
The NSRI doctor assisted by NSRI medics and paramedics treated the man before he was airlifted to hospital in a stable but serious condition by the Skymed rescue helicopter.