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First spring tide of 2018

NSRI are urgently appealing to the public - bathers, anglers, boaters, paddlers, coastal hikers and walkers, and sail boarders to exercise extreme caution around the coastline in light of the full moon Spring Tide which is now in full effect, peaks on Tuesday, 2nd January, and will continue to have an effect on coastline waters until the end of this coming week.

Search for missing paddlers - Wilderness:

On Saturday 30 December NSRI volunteers launched a full scale search operation after a paddle ski washed up on the beach near Kleinkrantz.

NSRI continue to appeal to paddlers and sail boarders to stencil their name, contact number and the name and contact number of a responsible family member or friend on their craft.

If you abandon your craft at sea or if your craft goes missing off the shoreline we appeal to the public to alert the NSRI.

This appeal in the wake of a double surf-ski that was found by SANParks rangers washed up 2 km East of Kleinkrantz near Wilderness.

NSRI Wilderness were alerted at 07h30 on Saturday 30 December.

Fearing paddlers missing at sea NSRI Wilderness prepareded sea rescue craft to be launched and the NSRI ASR (Airborne Sea Rescue) were placed on alert while NSRI investigated paddling groups and paddling clubs to see if anyone could identify the surf-ski.

All we had to go on was a description of the surf-ski and a race number from a recent Cape Point Surf-Ski Challenge said Mike Vonk, NSRI Wilderness duty controller. There were no contact numbers or names on the surf-ski.

Thanks to the quick actions of surf-ski club members around the Western Cape we quickly found out the owners name and a contact number (from the race number on the surf-ski) but there was no answer on the cellphone of the owner and it was confirmed that he and friends were in the Southern Cape on a vacation but this only increased fears that the paddlers were in trouble at sea and a full-scale Search and Rescue operation was initiated.

Fortunately, thanks to surf-ski members who know the paddler and his friends, it was then quickly learned that the 2 paddlers were safe ashore and that they had actually lost the surf-ski the day before and they had swum a kilometer to reach the shoreline after abandoning their craft.

While they had alerted beach lifeguards to keep a look out for their craft the information had not reached Sea Rescue authorities.

We cannot stress enough how important it is to stencil your name, contact number and the name and contact number of a responsible family member or friend on your craft.

If you abandon your craft at sea or if your craft goes missing off the shoreline we appeal to the public to alert the NSRI.

 
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