Fishing trawler and her crew assisted and in a separate incident 2 kite-boarders assisted

At 07h26, Sunday, 07th February, NSRI Hout Bay duty crew were activated by the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) following a request for a water pump from the local 20 meter fishing vessel Silver Hunter, with 21 crew onboard, 7 nautical miles off Hout Bay.

On investigating it was established that the casualty trawler had no steerage and no motor power and they were taking on water. NSRI Hout Bay launched the sea rescue craft Nadine Gordimer and Albie Matthews and on arrival on the scene, in gusting to 40 knot South Easterly winds and a 2 to 3 meter sea swell, found all crew safe and the fellow fishing trawler Sea Crest had taken up a tow line and were initiating a tow of the casualty trawler towards Hout Bay when the Sampson Post (towing post) broke off the casualty fishing trawler causing the casualty fishing trawlers bow to separate.

NSRI Kommetjie, at sea at the time on routine exercise, responded the sea rescue craft Spirit of the Vines to come to assist while NSRI Hout Bay put rescue swimmers onboard the casualty fishing trawler to manage the tow lines. It was decided, as a precaution, to transfer the fishing crew off the casualty fishing trawler and the NSRI Bakoven sea rescue craft Rotarian Schipper was activated to assist.

The sea rescue craft Albie Matthews, NSRI Hout Bay, Spirit of the Vines, NSRI Kommetjie and Rotarian Schipper, NSRI Bakoven, transferred 19 of the fishing crew off the casualty fishing trawler and they were transferred from the sea rescue craft onto the fellow fishing trawler Daan Viljoen which took all 19 fishing crew into Hout Bay harbour without incident.

The skipper and the first engineer of the casualty fishing trawler stayed onboard their casualty vessel to assist with the tow effort. NSRI Hout Bay’s sea rescue craft Nadine Gordimer took up the tow line and the casualty fishing trawler was towed into Hout Bay harbour and safely berthed.  The operation was hampered by the strong winds and shore crew assisted by fishermen were used on the harbour wall to assist in the berthing effort using rope lines to pull the casualty vessel to her berth once they were in Hout Bay harbour.

Once all were safely ashore and the casualty vessel safely berthed no further assistance was required and no one was injured.

On completion of the operation, on NSRI Bakoven departing Hout Bay to head towards the Port of Table Bay in their sea rescue craft Rotarian Schipper, they came across two kite boarders requesting assistance. The kite boarders, a 29 year old male from Montana, United States of America, and a 35 year old male, from Kwa-Zulu Natal, reported that they had departed Witsand near to Scarborough to sail their kite boards to Kommetjie but after being caught in the strong off-shore winds they had missed Kommetjie and were attempting to get in at Hout Bay. They were found by NSRI Bakoven in the vicinity of Chapmans Peak.

The American, showing signs of exhaustion, was taken onboard the sea rescue craft and he was transported to the NSRI sea rescue base in Hout Bay. The local man sailed to Hout Bay beach where the sea rescue vehicle from NSRI Hout Bay collected him and took him to the NSRI sea rescue base in Hout Bay. Both men required no further assistance.

TO REPORT A SEA RESCUE EMERGENCY DIAL 112 FROM A CELLPHONE

Pic courtesy Derryn Pearson

Pic by Derryn Pearson

Pic by Derryn Pearson

Pic by Derryn Pearson

Pic by Liam McGurk

Pic by Liam McGurk

Pic by Liam McGurk

Pic by Liam McGurk

Pic by Liam McGurk

Pic by Liam McGurk

 

Pic by Bevan Geyser showing the close up of the bow of the casualty and Station 8 Hout Bay's Jason de Villiers standing on the jetty

Pic by Bevan Geyser showing the close up of the bow of the casualty and Station 8 Hout Bay’s Jason de Villiers standing on the jetty

 

Pic by Bruce Davidson

Pic by Bruce Davidson

Pic by Bruce Davidson

Pic by Bruce Davidson

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6 Responses to “Fishing trawler and her crew assisted and in a separate incident 2 kite-boarders assisted”

  1. Bernie Chicken
    07. Feb, 2016 at 20:52 #

    Once again, well done guys, you all deserve a double Bells.

  2. Robbie Ragless
    07. Feb, 2016 at 21:58 #

    Heroes!

  3. Trevor Wilkins
    08. Feb, 2016 at 10:33 #

    Well done guys – text book stuff!

    Trevor Wilkins Ex Crew 1968 onwards of Bakoven Station

  4. Don Nicholls
    08. Feb, 2016 at 11:31 #

    A great combined effort by Bakoven, Kommetjie and Hout Bay. Well done all of you for a well-cordinated rescue.

  5. Guy Middleton
    09. Feb, 2016 at 07:37 #

    Well done to those that braved the sea and its elements. Salute.

  6. P-J Hannabus
    05. Mar, 2016 at 15:45 #

    A difficult rescue in foul weather! Well done!

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