The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) responded to a rescue call on Wednesday, 1 February 2023, of a 19-year-old male who had sustained injuries in a fall or a dive off the Bos 400 wreck at Maori Bay, between Llandudno and Hout Bay.
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NSRI Hout Bay’s rescue craft was dispatched to the Bos 400 wreck, where rescue swimmers and medics assisted a 19-year-old male who had sustained injuries and was recovering on the rocks.
The NSRI Hout Bay’s Station Commander, Spencer Oldham said, “While preparing to launch the NSRI Bakoven rescue craft NSRI Hout Bay duty crew, who had earlier launched to assist NSRI Kommetjie at a sinking fishing vessel, were activated to assist at the Bos 400.”
The Western Cape Government Health EMS rescue squad and an EMS ambulance were activated to respond to the NSRI Hout Bay rescue station.
Oldham added, “The patient was stabilised and secured into a specialised stretcher and floated to an NSRI rescue craft. He was brought to the NSRI Hout Bay rescue station and transported to the hospital by EMS ambulance in stable condition.”
It’s believed that the patient, along with 3 friends, was visiting the Bos 400 wreck. Reports from NSRI estimate that at least 30 people were at the B0s 400 wreck on the day of the incident.
The NSRI CEO, Dr Cleeve Robertson, has appealed to the public to avoid the Bos 400 wreck.
Dr Robertson said, “Most of the wreck lies submerged just below the surface under the crane boom which, added to the considerable height, makes jumping into the water a potential suicide mission. There have already been serious injuries at the site and our greatest concern is that the next jumper may be fatally injured. The wreck should not be boarded and the site is not safe to jump into the water.”
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Picture: The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI)