Sea rescuers aid stricken fishing boat and yacht

25 February 2018 - 17:36
By Timeslive
Image: NSRI via Twitter

Members of the National Sea Rescue Institute had to assist a stricken fishing boat as well as a yacht in South African coastal waters on Saturday.

Reinard Geldenhuys‚ the NSRI Agulhas station commander‚ said that on Saturday morning the crew was sent into action following a request for assistance from fishermen on a chuckie fishing boat‚ Ahi‚ which was reported to be taking on water in deteriorating sea conditions nearly 10km miles from Struisbaai in the Western Cape.

“We launched our sea rescue craft Spirit of Agulhas. On arrival on the scene we found the fishermen safe and we towed them to Struisbaai Harbour without incident‚” Geldenhuys said.

On Saturday afternoon‚ the NSRI crew in East London was alerted by the Transnet National Ports Authority and then later by the Buffalo City Yacht Club about a female French solo sailor aboard the yacht Kaerou, who was in need of assistance.

Geoff McGregor‚ the NSRI East London station commander‚ said the woman requested assistance into the Eastern Cape port as her yacht was experiencing motor failure.

“When the yacht was closer to Port at 20h26 the sea rescue craft Spirit of Lotto was launched and we rendezvoused with the yacht and towed it into port without incident.”