NSRI per­forms high speed sea res­cue demon­stra­tion

Zululand Observer - Weekender - - ZO NEWS - Tam­lyn Jolly

WITH a record turnout at the Bonanza hosted by Richards Bay Ski Boat Club this week­end, there was much wa­ter sport ac­tiv­ity in the Bay.

Join­ing in on the ac­tion was the NSRI, who put to­gether a demon­stra­tion.

The sim­u­lated res­cue in­volved two spear fish­er­men who had be­come sep­a­rated from their boat.

Us­ing a phone in a dry bag, the stranded fish­er­men called for help us­ing the Safe Trax app.

They also set off a flare.

After be­ing alerted to the message, NSRI Sta­tion 19 sent out a ‘page’ and res­cue ef­forts were launched.

Both land and sea-based re­spon­ders headed to the area, with the mo­bile re­sponse unit and res­cue swim­mer ar­riv­ing first on the scene and re­port­ing back to base on the sta­tus of the sit­u­a­tion.

A de­ci­sion was taken to swim some flota­tion and sup­port out to the stranded spear fish­er­men.

The sea res­cue boat ren­dezvoused with the res­cue swim­mer and fish­er­men, and all three were re­trieved.

Per­form­ing spe­cialised skills, NSRI Sta­tion 19 flaw­lessly ex­e­cuted this high speed res­cue re­sponse en­try or ‘high speed bail-off’, which had the crowd hyped and thor­oughly en­joy­ing the ac­tion.

The sea res­cue boat drops two crew­men at the scene of the stranded sher­men

Tam­lyn Jolly

The sea res­cue ves­sel picks up the vic­tims and takes them to safety

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