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Jet skiers rescued near Arniston

NSRI jet skiThe NSRI Agulhas were activated following reports of two jet-skier’s in difficulty on a Jet-ski off-shore of Arniston yesterday morning.

A search commenced at sea but was hampered by a 20 knot off-shore North Westerly wind and rough sea swells. 
During the search the casualties were found adrift 2 nautical miles off-shore by the Overberg Fire and Rescue Service rescue craft.
“The two casualties, Robert Trautman, 36, from Worcester, and Coenie Human, 38, from Victoria West were rescued onto our NSRI sea rescue craft and brought to shore while the Overberg Fire and Rescue Service rescue craft towed the casualty jet-ski to shore”, said Reinard Geldenhuys, the NSRI Agulhas station commander.
“Both men were checked by the EMS paramedics and although a bit cold neither of the men require any medical treatment.
“They had been spearfishing off-shore of The Point at Roman Beach, Arniston, from their jet-ski, and it appears that while they were spearfishing their jet-ski became waterlogged and when they got back onto the jet-ski it capsized causing the motor to fail.
They raised the alarm and wearing wet-suits they then hung onto the jet-ski which was gradually swept further out to sea.
“Their jet-ski was recovered and they require no further assistance” added Geldenhuys.
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