Rescuers save three from swells

Kommetjie and Kalk Bay have seen a number of sea rescues recently.

Ian Klopper, NSRI Kommetjie station commander, said the NSRI Kommetjie duty crew launched the sea rescue craft IL Battello,
on Saturday December 17, at 11am, to help two 25-year-old men,
one from Fish Hoek and one
from Kommetjie, who capsized in their inflatable dinghy at Boneyards Reef, Kommetjie, while crayfishing.

“On arrival on the scene, we found that they had managed to get back into their craft, which now suffered motor failure from the capsizing,” he said.

The NSRI rescue craft took both men to shore, where they were treated for mild hypothermia.

“We recovered their craft, and both men were released requiring no further assistance,” Mr Klopper said.

Darren Zimmerman, NSRI Si-
mon’s Town station commander, said their rescue craft, Spirit of Surf-ski II, and a rescue vehicle were dispatched to Danger Beach, Kalk Bay, on Friday December 16, at 2.33pm following reports of someone being swept out to sea by rip currents.

Law enforcement marine officers, Cape Town fire and rescue services and lifeguards also responded,
but there was no sign of anyone
in difficulty when they got to the scene.

Mr Klopper said NSRI headquarters had received a faint relayed distress call from a fishing boat, Mustang II, on Thursday December 15, at 10.24am. It had an injured fisherman on board and was limping to Hout Bay on only one motor.

The NSRI launched its Spirit of the Vines rescue craft from Kommetjie and the Albie Matthews from Hout Bay.

Spirit of the Vines rendezvoused with the stricken vessel 11.5 nautical miles off-shore and NSRI medics treated a 34-year-old Plattekloof fisherman who had had his left index finger amputated while fishing.

The man was brought, in a stable condition, to the Kommetjie slipway, from where Cape Medical Response paramedics took him to hospital.

“NSRI commends the many boats at sea that relayed the distress call to the authorities – enabling us to gather information that helped to pinpoint the casualty’s general location, and the nature and the urgency of the distress,” Mr Klopper said.

To report a sea-rescue emergency, dial 112 from a cellphone.