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Weekly paddle turns into rescue op!

The St Francis Bay Paddling Club’s weekly surfski timetrails at the Granny’s Pool turned into a rescue “drama” when two paddlers, Dirkie Ellis and Christy Augestein, noticed a sea bird entangled in fishing line.

As they caught the last wave, they noticed the bird and loaded it onto their K2.  At the slip time keeper Dave Louw came to the rescue and cut the line off after which the bird was released into the water again, much to the delight of the small crowd watching the ordeal!

Dave and Christi were the heroes!

Dave and Christi were the heroes!

Club members are looking forward to their first official event on April 29, when paddlers will have the opportunity to paddle the wild side of the Bay between Oyster Bay and Cape St Francis.

Depending on wind conditions on the morning, the route might have to changed to start in Cape St Francis and finish in Oyster Bay.  It is therefor important to register for this event so the organisers can keep you posted.

The distance is 21km and a shorter route of 10km can also be entered for.  The cost is R100 per paddler and online entries are already open on the St Francis Sport website.

Prize money is a total of R7 000 and a Carbonology Surfski is up for grabs as a lucky draw as well as Engen and Wimpy vouchers and clothing from Country Feeling.

The race will start at 11:00 and final registration will take place between 10:00 and 10:45 to ensure safety.  Only Single and Double surfski’s are allowed for this event.

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  1. yvonne bosman
    Mar 23 2012

    Thanks for taking the trouble to rescue the bird. It’s great to hear of folk thinking of nature and assisting where man has been the cause of a problem.

    Fishermen, anglers, or anyone finding old fishing line on our beaches or rocks please think of other creatures and remove these dangers.


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