25 August 2013
National Sea Rescue Institute
in Hermanus and volunteer sea rescue duty crew were activated following reports
of two men being swept out to sea at Fisherhaven lagoon mouth.
The two men were paddling
on a double kayak when rip-currents, in the Spring Tide, sucked them out the
lagoon mouth and into the wave line where they capsized.
NSRI Spokeperson Craig
Lambinon said one man, Gareth Woods, 34 year-old, from Pinelands, managed to
get to shore and was helped out of the water by Law Enforcement officers and
despite some mild hypothermia he was not injured. The second man was swept out
to sea beyond the breaker line.
"We dispatched our
rescue swimmers, our sea rescue craft was towed to the scene, the Red
Cross AMS Skymed helicopter was activated and WC Government Health EMS and the SA Police
Services responded to join Law Enforcement officers who were already on the
scene” said Lambinon.
He further said on
arrival on-scene the man, Paul van Rensburg, 35, from Pinelands, who was
wearing a life-jacket, could be seen struggling against strong rip-currents
beyond the breaker line in rough seas.
"Prior to our sea
rescue boat or Skymed's arrival on-scene a current swept the man closer towards
shore, and when he was about 80 meters from the shore we dispatched two NSRI
rescue swimmers, Josh Henn and Andre Barnard, to swim out to the man. They
reached him and secured the casualty but a rip-current then swept all three
further out to sea” added Lambinon.
Labels: Two men rescued in Hermanus