Packed beaches and great weather saw Main Beach in Jeffreys Bay become a hive of activity yesterday as people from around the Eastern Cape descended upon the town to celebrate the New Year.
It was business as usual for the Jeffreys Bay lifeguards and the NSRI , who conducted multiple rescues during the day.
The first alarm was sounded at midday following eye witness reports of a parachutist falling into the sea near Paradise Beach.
NSRI responded with two rescue crafts and members of the public recovered a parachute from the surf.
NSRI commenced a search for the missing parachutist but were then informed that a tandem parachute jump had encountered problems, forcing the parachute to be ditched and an emergency reserve parachute was deployed.
The unmanned parachute landed in the sea, while the parachutist and tandem passenger reportedly landed safely at the Paradise Beach air field.
At 15h30 and at 16h10, in two separate incidents, two 5 year old male children was brought to the Jeffreys Bay sea rescue base by members of the public.
It appears that the children’s parents in both cases had left to go home without their children and then discovered that their children weren’t with them on arriving home and had to return to the beach to collect their children.
At 17h20,the NSRI responded to reports from lifeguards of 3 men being swept out to sea at Main Beach.
Lifeguards rescued all 3 men from the water and one of the 3 men, a 22 year old from Humansdorp, was treated for near drowning symptoms and transported to hospital in a stable condition by EC Government Health EMS for observation for secondary drowning.