NSRI Incident Report – The most recent rescue missions

SEA RESCUE – NSRI – STATION 6, Gqeberha. STATION 11, Port Alfred. STATION 9, Gordons Bay.

SEA RESCUE – NATIONAL – Saturday, 7 May. Crew member of a cruise liner evacuated to hospital – Gqeberha. 2 locals assisted after their boat capsized – Port Alfred. 2 small craft sailors assisted – Gordons Bay.:


Justin Erasmus, NSRI Gqeberha station commander, said:

At 19h21, Friday, 6 May, NSRI Gqeberha duty crew were activated following a request for medical assistance from a cruise liner reporting a 27 year old female crew member requiring medical attention and evacuation to hospital.

The cruise liner had left the Port of Port Elizabeth earlier.

The sea rescue craft Spirit of Toft was launched, accompanied by an EC Government Health EMS rescue paramedic.

On arrival at the vessel, in Algoa Bay, an NSRI rescue swimmer and the EMS rescue paramedic boarded the ship using the Jacobs Ladder.

The patient, in a stable condition, secured into a harness, was hoisted aboard our sea rescue craft from the deck of the ship.

In the care of NSRI and the EMS rescue paramedic she was brought to our NSRI rescue base and transported to hospital by EMS ambulance for further care.


Juan Pretorius, NSRI Port Alfred station commander, said:

At 06h30, Friday, 6 May, NSRI Port Alfred duty crew were activated following reports ofd a small boat capsized on the Kowie River with 2 people reported to be in the water.

Our NSRI rescue craft Rescue 11 Alpha was launched. Our NSRI rescue vehicle and NSRI rescue swimmers responded to the land side.

On arrival on the scene, at 06h35, we found a local boat had rescued both locals, a 64 year old female and a 54 year old male.

They hade been fishing at anchor when the boat capsized.

Both were safe on the local boat while their small craft was in the capsized position.

We transferred both casualties onto our sea rescue craft and brought them to our NSRI rescue base.

NSRI rescue swimmers were deployed into the water and a towline was established. The small casualty craft was towed onto a sand bank where our NSRI rescue swimmers righted the boat.

The boat was towed to our NSRI rescue base where it was recovered and no further assistance was required.

NSRI commend the local boaters who acted swiftly to rescue the 2 locals.


Vincent Landman, NSRI Gordons Bay duty coxswain, said:

At 13h47, Thursday, 5 May, NSRI Gordons Bay duty crew were activated following eye-witness reports of a small sailing craft capsized about a kilometer off-shore of Harbour Island.

A local boater who was watching from Harbour Island reported their small sailing craft appearing to be blown towards the shore.

GB Med Sec ambulance services were placed on alert.

The sea rescue craft Spirit of Surfski was launched and on arrival on the scene we rescued 2 local men onto our sea rescue craft and brought them to our NSRI rescue base.

They were not injured and they required no further assistance.

Our NSRI rescue craft returned to the scene where we righted the casualty craft which we brought to the harbour where it was recovered.

NSRI commend the eye-witnesses for their vigilance.

The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) is the charity organisation that saves lives on South African waters – both coastal and inland. Our goal is to prevent drowning through rescue operations, education and prevention initiatives.
Operating from base stations along the SA coastline, and on inland dams, our rescue volunteers are on call, at all hours, every day of the year. Our rescue crew receives no payment and neither do we charge the people we rescue.
We visit schools around the country, teaching children about water safety. Our drowning prevention measures include our online training academy, with free courses for crew and the public, emergency signage, Pink Rescue Buoys for emergency flotation, rescue swimmers, lifeguards, and active patrols during peak seasons. Our organisation is totally reliant on donations and sponsorships. This enables us to do the work of saving lives, changing lives, and creating futures.Please visit www.nsri.org.za for more information.
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