A long call for Simon’s Town and a busy Saturday for 3 other stations


Darren Zimmerman, NSRI Simon’s Town station commander, said:

At 18h18, Friday, 01 December, NSRI Simon’s Town duty crew were activated following a request for assistance from the 16 meter craft Django with 11 crew on board reporting hydraulic failure to their boat 40 nautical miles South of Cape Point.

We launched our sea rescue craft Spirit of Safmarine III and NSRI Hout Bay were placed on alert.

In a 15 to 20 knot South Easterly wind and lumpy seas we arrived at the casualty at around 23h00 and a towline was rigged and we towed them to Simon’s Town throughout the night, with sea conditions improving as the operation progressed, and we arrived at midday today, Saturday, 02 December.

Relief crew were arranged to take over from the crew (who had been out on this operation all night) to assist to re-fuel the rescue boat and prepare equipment for stand-by.

The casualty boat has been moored and the owners will make arrangements to repair the boat.

Picture attached: By NSRI Simon’s Town – the casualty boat being towed by Spirit of Safmarine III.


Andre Fraser, NSRI Mossel Bay station commander, said:

At 11h55, Saturday, 02 December, NSRI Mossel Bay duty crew were activated following a request for assistance from a man reporting that his friend had fallen on rocks and was injured after a wave swept over him while he was angling from rocks at Fransmanshoek near to Mossel Bay.

We dispatched our sea rescue vehicle and NSRI crew’s personal vehicles with NSRI medics and the WC Government Health EMS responded.

On arrival on the scene we treated a 30 year old Oudtshoorn man for a severe head injury.

His friend had managed to pull him to safety on the rocks and the injured man’s wife was in attendance.

Because of the barely accessible location the EMS/AMS Skymed helicopter was activated and the patient was airlifted, secured into a Stokes basket stretcher, to the roadway and loaded into an EMS ambulance where paramedics continued with medical treatment before he was airlifted to hospital by the EMS/AMS Skymed helicopter in a serious but stable condition.


Jeremiah Jackson, NSRI Shelly Beach station commander, said:

At 07h30, Saturday, 02 December, NSRI Shelly Beach launched the sea rescue craft Shelly Spirit to take crew off a boat with motor failure behind the backline.

The crew were brought ashore safely and the casualty boat came in under reduced motor power without incident.


Ian Klopper, NSRI Kommetjie station commander, said:

At 14h30, Saturday, 02 December, our NSRI Kommetjie tractor (normally used to launch our sea rescue craft) was sent up Slangkop Pass to assist local Council and traffic authorities to remove rocks fallen on the roadway,

The operation was completed without incident and the roadway is open.

Picture attached: By NSRI Kommetjie – the NSRI Kommetjie tractor being used to clear the road of rocks in Scarborough.


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2 Responses to “A long call for Simon’s Town and a busy Saturday for 3 other stations”

  1. P-J Hannabus
    04. Dec, 2017 at 12:14 #

    Well Done! There was also a capsize at Mossel Bay Point during last week.
    The inland visitors are quite ignorant about our coastal conditions! I think NSRI are going to be busy this season!

  2. Garry Torbin Nel
    04. Dec, 2017 at 17:24 #

    Hello All,
    Please accept this as a heart felt thanks for the totally professional & dedicated personnel of the Simon’s Town NSRI, from us all, at Southern Alliance Fishing – MFV: Django & Albatros.

    To the Crew and Skipper, Stuart, of Rescue 10 – Thanks so much for Your efforts, sacrifice, patience and perseverance & well done on a long Friday night!

    We were faced with a brand new hydraulic steering pump failure that had broken the seal between the PTO & the engine for the Hydraulic pump. The hydraulic oil had mixed with the engine oil and we were not willing to restart the main engine due to fear of damage.[Completely mechanical and out of our hands out at sea.]

    Special Thanks to Darren Zimmerman for his calm & kind manner.
    Thanks again and always there to offer support where we can in return.
    Best Regards,
    Garry Torbin Nel.

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