The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) in Port Elizabeth over the weekend rescued five people, including a child, caught in difficult sea conditions.
According to Ian Gray, NSRI Port Elizabeth station commander, at 08h54 on Saturday, NSRI Port Elizabeth duty crew activated following reports of a paddler suspected to be in difficulty off-shore of Hobie Beach.
“The Beach Managers Office launched a jet-ski and recovered the man from the water and the man required no medical assistance,” said Gray.
“The man’s paddle board has not been recovered.”
On the same day, at around 16h50, NSRI Port Elizabeth duty crew were activated following reports from a local man reporting to be stuck on a sand bank – cut off by the high tide while fishing on a bank 500 meters downstream from the Rod Club on the Swartkops River with a total of three adults and one child and requesting assistance.
“Blue Water Bay surf lifesavers launched a rescue rubber-duck and NSRI Port Elizabeth launched the sea rescue craft Surfski Rescuer IV,” said Stephen van den Berg, NSRI Port Elizabeth duty coxswain.
Blue Water Bay community police and EC Government Health EMS also responded.
“Three adults and one child, all local males, were rescued and brought safely to shore aboard the NSRI sea rescue craft,” described van den Berg.
“They were treated for mild hypothermia and one of the men was treated for a laceration to his right foot by EMS paramedics and they require no further assistance.
“While on the scene the Bluewater Bay lifeguards moved an additional two fisherman to a safe area as a precaution as the area they were fishing in was also cut off by the high tide.”