Lo­cal NSRI res­cue per­son­nel kept busy

District Mail - - NUUS NEWS - Jamey Gor­don

Swift drown­ing preven­tion ef­forts by Na­tional Sea Res­cue In­sti­tute (NSRI) duty crew saved the day when lo­cals who were in dif­fi­cul­ties were brought to safety in two sep­a­rate res­cue op­er­a­tions.

The first in­ci­dent oc­curred last Fri­day (25 Septem­ber) when a mid­dle-aged wo­man was res­cued af­ter she had ap­par­ently gone for a swim near the jetty in Strand.

Ac­cord­ing to Alan Meik­le­john, NSRI’s Gor­don’s Bay Sta­tion 9 com­man­der, duty crew were ac­ti­vated fol­low­ing re­ports of a drown­ing in progress af­ter a wo­man ap­par­ently fell off the jetty at Strand Pavil­ion into the water and was swept out to sea at 12:54.

“NSRI crew re­sponded to our satel­lite NSRI sta­tion at Strand Beach and the sea res­cue craft Res­cue 9 Bravo was launched. NSRI shore con­trollers and res­cue swim­mers re­sponded di­rectly to the scene,” he said.

The City of Cape Town’s water res­cue net­work was alerted by the NSRI Emer­gency Op­er­a­tions Cen­tre which along with the po­lice, City’s Fire and Res­cue Ser­vices, GBMed

Res­cue am­bu­lance ser­vice, ER24, pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment Health EMS res­cue squad and Wilder­ness Search and Res­cue re­sponded to the in­ci­dent. Law En­force­ment and its marine unit were placed on alert.

“On ar­rival on the scene, a fully clothed wo­man was found be­ing swept out to sea in rip cur­rents at Die Poort,” Meik­le­john said.

“An NSRI res­cue swim­mer jumped into the water from the pavil­ion and swam out to the wo­man, who was float­ing on her back, and she was se­cured by the res­cue swim­mer as the sea res­cue craft ar­rived on the scene.”

The wo­man, a 58-year-old Som­er­set West res­i­dent, told Distric­tMail on con­di­tion of anonymity that she was at the beach with friends when she jumped off the pier for a swim.

“It was an er­ror of judge­ment to swim,” she said. “The sea was rough and the cur­rent took me in.”

She re­called turning back and bat­tling to swim ashore. “It is all thanks to God that I am alive,” the res­i­dent de­clared.

She was al­legedly as­sisted with the fi­nal stretch of the swim and brought safely to shore. Ac­cord­ing to a para­medic on the scene, she was treated for mild hy­pother­mia be­fore be­ing trans­ported to hos­pi­tal in a stable con­di­tion for fur­ther med­i­cal as­sis­tance.

The res­i­dent is grate­ful to the

NSRI and emer­gency ser­vices for their as­sis­tance, and to her hus­band and fam­ily for their sup­port and prayers.

In a sep­a­rate in­ci­dent on Sun­day (27 Septem­ber), NSRI duty crew were called into ac­tion to as­sist lo­cals on a boat out at sea, af­ter the ves­sel had ap­par­ently ex­pe­ri­enced en­gine fail­ure.

Meik­le­john said the NSRI Gor­don’s Bay duty crew were ac­ti­vated fol­low­ing a re­quest for as­sis­tance from peo­ple on a boat off-shore of Strand. “The sea res­cue craft Spirit of Surf­ski and our NSRI jet-rib

Res­cue 9 Bravo were launched,” he said.

“On ar­rival on the scene, an NSRI res­cue swim­mer was trans­ferred onto the ca­su­alty boat and he was able to re-start their out­board mo­tor. The ca­su­alty boat was es­corted by our NSRI sea res­cue craft to Har­bour Is­land un­der her own mo­tor power where their boat was re­cov­ered and the res­cued per­sons re­quired no fur­ther as­sis­tance.”

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