STATEMENT BY NSRI SHELLY BEACH DUTY CONTROLLER JEAN PIERRE THAUMULLER:
NSRI received a call from the wife of a Johannesburg man at 08h43, Monday, 28 September, reporting her husband to be in distress on a jetski and reportedly sinking at Protea Banks, offshore of Shelly Beach.
NSRI Shelly Beach duty crew were activated and the sea rescue craft Spirit of Dawn was launched.
The crew on the local charter vessel Blue Diamond who were nearby to the scene at the time spotted a red distress flare that had been activated by the jetskier in that vicinity and they went to investigate finding the man in difficulty on his jetski that had lost motor power.
They took the man, who was not injured, onboard their vessel and they took the casualty jetski under tow.
Our sea rescue craft rendezvoused with them at sea and the man was transferred from Blue Diamond onto the sea rescue craft and NSRI took over the tow of the casualty jetski from the crew of Blue Diamond.
NSRI towed the casualty jetski to shore without incident where we assisted the man to recover the jetski onto her trailer and no further assistance was required.
NSRI commend the skipper and crew of the local charter vessel Blue Diamond for their assistance.