Busy weekend for rescue officials

The National Sea Rescue Institute announced on Sunday that it had its hands full with Western Cape beaches...

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The National Sea Rescue Institute announced on Sunday that it had its hands full with <?xml:namespace prefix="st1" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"?><state w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Western Cape beaches.

NSRI spokesperson Craig Lambinon said there were at least two drowings and another two near-drowning incidents.

At Hobie Beach near <placename w:st="on">Plettenburg<placetype w:st="on">Bay, a ten-year-old <place w:st="on"><city w:st="on">Johannesburg girl fell off the back of a jet-ski being piloted by her father.

Lambinon said the girl was taken to hospital and was in a stable condition after being treated for bruising.

In a separate incident at Strandfontein Beach an <place w:st="on"><placename w:st="on">Elsies<placename w:st="on">River man was missing after disappearing in the surf whilst spending the day at the beach with his family.

A fisherman reported seeing the man vanish in the surf and suspicions were that the man may have drowned.

Meanwhile, rescue officials attended to an incident at Glencairn beach after a 43-year-old man landed in difficulty whilst trying to rescue his daughter who was in trouble.

Lambinon said efforts to revive the man were unsuccessful.

In another incident, a 17-year-old man was injured after diving into the water at <place w:st="on"><placename w:st="on">Buffels<placetype w:st="on">Bay tidal pool.

Lambinon said officials treated the man for spinal injuries after he dived into a rock but he appeared to be in a satisfactory condition.