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31 Dec 2017, Kleinmond, Western Cape: At 10h42, Saturday, 30th December, NSRI Hermanus and NSRI Gordons Bay were activated following reports of a boat capsized at Kleinmond with 3 men onboard. An NSRI Gordons Bay rescue vehicle responded and all 3 men were found safely ashore and not injured and their craft was recovered and no further assistance was required. The craft they were on, a flat bottomed ski-boat, is built and intended for inland dams and lakes and not suitable to sea conditions, said NSRI Gordons Bay station commander Alan Meiklejohn, and they were advised not to launch their boat onto coastal water.
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Then at 18h37, NSRI Gordons Bay duty crew were activating following a report from an alert eye-witness in a high rise building on the Gordons Bay beach front who noticed 2 women being swept out to sea off Gordons Bay on an “Explorer” blow up plastic craft, intended for home swimming pools.
A paddler on a sea-kayak, who asked not to be named, had also noticed the 2 ladies (a 24 year old and her 55 year old mother) from Gordons Bay and from Strand, being swept out to sea.
He paddled after them and on reaching them he was able to tow them safely to shore where NSRI rescue swimmers waded into the surf to help them out the last few meters. They were not injured and they required no further assistance.
The eye-witness Jacques de Villiers, from Gordons Bay, and the paddler are commended for their efforts.