Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Spring tide calls for caution

By Ilhaam Hoosain
25 December 2007

At 07h38 this morning National Sea Rescue Institute, Still Bay answered to a call following eye-witness reports of a paddle-skier being swept out to sea, through the Goukou River Mouth, after becoming separated from his paddle-ski which had capsized with the outgoing Spring Tide.

On arrival on-scene, the 40 year old male, from Eldoraine, Pretoria, had managed to swim to shore.

“They recovered his paddle-ski and brought him to the NSRI rescue base where he was referred to a local doctor for a check-up but is otherwise doing well.

“He managed to get to a doctor where he was required no further medical assistance,” says Nsri spokesperson Craig Lambinon.

National: Spring Tide:

Yesterday’s full moon brought in the Spring Tide, which occurs at Full Moon and again at New Moon.

The effects of the Spring Tide should last until the 1st day of the New Year.

Bathers and boaters are warned that the Spring Tides higher than normal high tide and lower than normal low tide result in stronger than normal rip-currents which are the greatest cause of drowning accidents along our coastline.


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