At 09h19 on Saturday the 30th of May 2020 Wilderness Search And Rescue (WSAR) was activated by Metro Rescue Control after they were contacted by the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) for shoreline assistance.
The WSAR Logistical Support crew responded to Sunrise Beach east of Muizenberg along the False Bay coast to scan the coastline and to be on standby for emergency radio communication support if required.
The WSAR responders consisted of 4×4, communication and off road motorbike members.
The NSRI Station 16 Strandfontein had by this time launched a sea rescue boat.
Vaughn Seconds, NSRI Strandfontein station commander, said:
“At 08h05, Saturday, 30th May, NSRI Simonstown coastwatchers in the vicinity of Kalk Bay were alerted to look out towards Muizenberg following eye-witness reports of a man on a paddle craft appearing to be in difficulty and possibly towing a second paddle craft behind him approximately a nautical mile off-shore between Kalk Bay and Muizenberg and paddling in a direction towards Strandfontein.
Suspecting a paddler to be in difficulty NSRI Strandfontein crew were dispatched to look out at Muizenberg beach and at Sunrise Circle beach and the sea rescue craft Spirit of Grand West CSI was launched and a sea rescue vehicle was dispatched to search along the coastline”.
The WSAR team was dispatched to assist along the coastline in the search operation. During the search two craft that were found to be sea-kayaks were located on the shore between Sunrise Beach and Strandfontein Point.
Mr. Seconds said: “Both sea-kayaks were found above the high water mark on the beach and it appears that a man who came ashore on the one sea-kayak, towing the second sea-kayak, had abandoned both sea-kayaks on the beach and he had left the scene. The NSRI sea rescue craft and the sea rescue vehicle responded to the location and both sea-kayaks were recovered and taken to the NSRI Strandfontein sea rescue station”.
“Later it was determined from reports received by City of Cape Town Law Enforcement that an unidentified man may have stolen the sea-kayaks at Kalk Bay before launching them and paddling the one sea-kayak out to sea while towing the second sea-kayak behind him”.
“Law Enforcement are investigating and the sea-kayaks have not been claimed by the owners”.
WSAR urges the public and tourists to please:-
- adhere to the current “Lockdown regulations”
- not attempt any aquatic or terrestrial adventure activity on your own
- not leave any non motorised aquatic craft unattended on the shore
- always wear a life jacket when enjoying any water sport
Call 021 937 0300 or 112 for any wilderness or mountain rescue response.
WSAR is a volunteer based organisation.
Our role is to support the Emergency Medical Services of the Western Cape Department of Health.
We depend on the good will of the public and business for our funding, in order to maintain a 24/7/365 emergency standby.
We do operate in conjunction with state and other professional services, however, the vast majority of our rescue responders are volunteers who receive no remuneration at all. Our donations is strictly managed by the WSAR Trust.
In association with the Western Cape Emergency Medical Services.
WSAR is a member of the International Commission of Alpine Rescue.