NSRI spokesperson Craig Lambinon said the help of the Western Cape’s EMS rescue squad and the Red Cross AMS Skymed rescue helicopter was called to assist in getting to the group of people who had gone to the popular coved beach during the current new moon Spring low tide – not realising that high tide would cut them off from the mainland.
Sending rescue swimmers into the cove would have been too dangerous and sea rescue craft would not be able to get close enough without incredible risk, which is why the decision was taken to hoist as many people as possible out of the cove in relays using the Skymed rescue helicopter, while NSRI rescue swimmers and the sea rescue craft stood by to retrieve anyone who got swept into the ocean.