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April 15, 2006

Plett issues shark warning

A shark warning has been issued to bathers and surfers and others entering the sea in Plettenberg Bay after an increase in the "visible presence" of great whites off its coastline. The increase in the great whites, ranging in length from 3,5m to 7m, is believed to be the result of the tail-end of the sardine run. The shark warning has been issued by Plett's Bitou municipality in conjunction with the NSRI. Marlon Baartman of Ocean Safaris said yesterday that they had seen a 3,5m great white close to the shore near Central Beach on Wednesday. "It was swimming through the surf only about 10m from the shoreline," said Baartman. "It went from Central Beach up to the Lookout rocks and then back to Central Beach again." He said lifeguards had also spotted a great white off Robberg Beach on Tuesday. Plett NSRI station commander Ray Farnham said the sharks were visibly patrolling along Plett's stretch of coast, but so far there had been no incidents. There was as yet no ban on bathing, but the NSRI was appealing to members of the public to be cautious. "Avoid swimming in the river mouths or where rip currents are strongest – particularly now with the spring tide – as these are most likely to be the areas where the sharks will be feeding on fish." Farnham said bathers should also not venture too deep into the surf. "Plettenberg Bay's emergency services, municipal pro-lifeguards and NSRI volunteers are on full alert for the Easter weekend." He said people should swim where lifeguards were on duty. Farnham said the increased number of sharks were expected to continue until early May.


April 14, 2006

Paraglider rescued in Plett

National Sea Rescue Institute volunteers rescued a paraglider from a 50 metre high ridge at Salt River Point in Plettenberg Bay on Thursday, an NSRI spokesman said. Craig Lambinon said the volunteers were already in the air on a shark patrol when they received a call-out to the ridge. "Our NSRI medic was dropped off at the location of the accident and the man from Plettenberg Bay was treated for a back injury," said Lambinon. The man ? who asked that his name be withheld ? told the NSRI he launched at Keurbooms beach area, but experienced a lull in the wind about halfway to his intended destination at Nature's Valley. He struggled to correct the parachute's direction and crashed onto a ridge above the beach at Salt River Point, said Lambinon. He was airlifted to an ambulance at the Plettenberg Bay NSRI station and was transported to a Knysna hospital in a stable condition. "The operation was made tricky by the location of the accident which was in a dense bush area on a ridge with a 50 metre drop onto rocks on the sea side," said Lambinon.


February 24, 2006

German tourist drowns in Plettenberg Bay

A German tourist drowned in the sea at Plettenberg Bay in the Western Cape on Thursday, the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) said. When lifeguards arrived on-scene, the 60-year-old German national had no pulse and was no longer breathing, Craig Lambinon, the sea rescue spokesperson, said on Friday. "... he was not breathing and had no pulse. Lifeguards initiated rescue breathing while paddling the man to shore where they initiated cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR). "CPR was continued on-scene... but after considerable efforts CPR was terminated on-scene and the man was declared dead. "The body has been removed from the scene by the SA Police Service," Lambinon said in a media statement. He said the man was seen by lifeguards in difficulty in rip-currents in the surf at Lookout Beach.


February 19, 2006

NSRI retrieves drowned man

Plettenberg Bay - The body of man who was presumed drowned was found on Sunday near the mouth of the Keurbooms River in Plettenberg Bay, said the National Sea Rescue Institute. NSRI Plettenberg Bay station commander Ray Farnham said they were called out about 14:23 on Sunday after the body was seen by members of the public. "NSRI Plettenberg Bay responded and discovered the body of a man fitting the description of the local male who went missing last week and was presumed to have drowned," said Farnham. The man went missing last week on Sunday while trying to cross the Keurbooms River. He was presumed drowned after divers failed to recover his body two days after he went missing.


January 1, 2006

NSRI saves the day

Strong currents and deep water almost cost the young man in the photo below his life on Sunday afternoon, local NSRI members however saved the day by making a speedy yet safe recovery. Yet another reason why we should support the NSRI.

Rescue on Beach 4 Natures Valley

By Simon Botes for Go-Plett

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