STATEMENT BY NSRI PORT EDWARD STATION COMMANDER JOHN NICHOLAS:
At 13h27, Monday, 22nd April, NSRI Port Edward, Hibiscus Law Enforcement and Hibiscus Fire and Rescue Services responded to a residential area in Munster following reports of flooding.
On arrival on the scene 5 residents were assisted from 2 homes with partial flooding, in knee deep water, and no further assistance was required. NSRI were released from the scene where there were no injuries.
At 12h33, Tuesday, 23rd April, NSRI Shelly Beach, NSRI Port Edward and NSRI Rocky Bay, joined the emergency services assisting at flood related incidents on the South Coast.
NSRI joined Police Search and Rescue and Med-Evac ambulance services responding to incidents.
The sea rescue craft Shelly Spirit was towed and launched at multiple incidents together with a Police Search and Rescue rubber-duck.
While multiple incidents were attended to by the emergency services the NSRI attended up to 31 incidents with Police Search and Rescue and affiliated services, Tower 13 lifeguards, Fire and Rescue Services, Med-Evac ambulance services and other ambulance services, incidents ranging from structural collapses, drowning incidents, mudslides, entrapments, evacuations and animal rescues.
NSRI commend all of the services that came together in this trying time together community services and the communities of Kwa-Zulu Natal during these floods.