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NSRI Richards Bay have their hands full since the start of November

Emergency services attended to the scene where a teenage boy is suspected to have drowned in the Richards Bay area. Picture: SAPS

Emergency services attended to the scene where a teenage boy is suspected to have drowned in the Richards Bay area. Picture: SAPS

Published Nov 10, 2021

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DURBAN - The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) in Richards Bay has been very busy with water-related incidents over the last few days.

NSRI Richards Bay duty coxswain Jacques Kruger indicated that the duty crew was called to various incidents, including drownings and injuries.

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Monday, November 8:

At the request of the Transnet National Ports Authority, the NSRI dispatched a sea rescue craft to investigate a small sailing craft with no motor that a fishing vessel had come across. On arrival, a French sailor, with the last port of call Reunion Island, was under the tow of a Boss Marine vessel.

“NSRI took over the tow and we towed the sailing craft with the solo sailor into port without incident,” Kruger said.

Saturday, November 6:

The duty crew responded to Bay Hall following a drowning incident.

“Paramedics from Mounties ambulance services, assisted by NSRI medics and by Richards Bay Municipal lifeguards, conducted extensive CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) efforts on a 26-year-old local man but, sadly, despite extensive efforts to resuscitate the man, he was declared deceased by paramedics,” Kruger said.

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He said the man’s body was taken by provincial forensic services and police opened an inquest docket.

In another incident, the duty crew assisted police with a search and rescue at Mzingazi, where a boy went missing in a reported drowning in the late afternoon of November 3 at a barely accessible remote location.

“Despite the ongoing search, no sign of the teenager has been found and Police Search and Rescue are continuing in a search,” Kruger said.

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Thursday, November 4:

The duty crew alongside Netcare 911 rescue paramedics responded to the evacuation of an injured seaman from a motor vessel.

“The patient, suffering an injury, was brought to shore in a stable condition, without incident, aboard the NSRI sea rescue craft and he was transported to hospital by Netcare 911 for further care,” Kruger said.

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Wednesday, November 3:

The duty crew was activated by the Transnet National Ports Authority following a request to help a French yacht into the Port of Richards Bay. The operation was completed without incident and no further assistance was required, said Kruger.

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