Kayakers survive after capsize footage from beach camera sparks rescue

An image captured by the NSRI water safety camera at Strand beach shows two sea kayakers being rescued on December 21 2020.
An image captured by the NSRI water safety camera at Strand beach shows two sea kayakers being rescued on December 21 2020.
Image: National Sea Rescue Institute

A new water safety camera at a Cape Town beach has quickly proved its worth by playing a key role in saving two lives.

National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) volunteer Randall Trapido was monitoring footage from the camera at Strand beach when he saw two men on a sea kayak struggling against a strong southeaster 200m offshore at around 4pm on Monday.

Trapido zoomed in and saw the men capsize, NSRI spokesperson Andrew Ingram said on Tuesday.

"The two Brackenfell men, believed to be in their 30s, appeared to be unable to remount their kayak," said Ingram.

Trapido alerted lifeguards at Strand beach and they launched Strand Surf Lifesaving Club's inshore rescue boat.

"Fourteen minutes after capsizing, the two men were rescued by the lifeguards about 100m off the beach," said Ingram.

"They were brought safely to shore, and although they were both exhausted by their ordeal, they required no further assistance."

Ingram said the rescue was an example of "multi-agency teamwork that saves lives".

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