At Plettenberg Bay’s Robberg Beach a teenager was rescued from the surf by bystanders (including construction workers from a nearby construction site) after getting into difficulty in the surf yesterday.
NSRI Plettenberg Bay volunteer duty crew responded to the scene aboard the sea rescue craft Airlink Rescuer and stabilized the teenager who was transported to hospital by ambulance in a stable condition for observation for secondary drowning.
At the Palmiet River near Kleinmond (between Kleinmond and Betty’s Bay) three children were swept out of the Palmiet River Mouth, into the sea, on boogie boards. Their ages of the children are unknown.
It is not clear how they were rescued but they were assisted on-scene by the Fire and Rescue Services who confirmed that they were out of the water prior to NSRI Hermanus volunteer duty crew and the WC Government Health EMS Skymed helicopter’s arrival on-scene.
One child was transported to hospital in Hermanus in a stable condition by EMS ambulance.
At St Francis Bay a 33 year old man was rescued by NSRI St Francis Bay volunteer duty crew after suffering a suspected heart attack on a Chokka Fishing boat 6 nautical miles off-shore.
NSRI St Francis Bay volunteers aboard the sea rescue craft Spirit of St Francis II transported the local man to shore and he was transported to hospital by Private Care ambulance services in a stable but serious condition.
NSRI are continuing to warn that for the remainder of this week the sea is in the Spring Tide (brought on by the full moon on the 30th September), meaning higher than normal high tides, lower than normal low tides and stronger than normal rip-currents prevailing until the end of this week. Bathers, and anglers fishing from rocks and piers, are urged to be cautious.