A sudden wind that picked up on Tuesday afternoon caught four paddlers unaware in Jeffreys Bay and they were blown out to sea before being rescued by the NSRI.
Ernie Schmidt, NSRI Jeffreys Bay duty controller, said:
At 12h34, Tuesday, 30 APril, we launched our sea rescue craft to rendezvous with the new NSRI Durban sea rescue craft, that is en route from Cape Town to Durban when our attention was alerted to two people being blown out to sea on SUP’s (Stand Up Paddle Boards), off Main Beach.
A sudden wind squall had swept along the coast and wind speeds had reached a 35 knots South Westerly wind that contributed to the adult Durban holidaymakers, a male and a female, getting into difficulty.
We diverted our sea rescue craft, Eddie Beaumont II and we rescued both of them and brought them safely ashore.
We then continued en-route to go to meet up with the NSRI Durban sea rescue craft but we were alerted to two local adult males requesting assistance on their sea-kayaks, two nautical miles from our sea rescue station, and we diverted to proceed to that incident.
On arrival on that scene we found the two men had also been affected by the sudden wind squall and they were rescued and their sea-kayaks were recovered.
They were brought safely ashore without incident and required no further assistance.