Incidents: Shelly Beach, St Francis Bay, Struis Baai, Richards Bay:


Jeremiah Jackson, NSRI Shelly Beach station commander, said:

At 11h15, Thursday, 08th March, NSRI Shelly Beach duty crew were activated following a request for assistance from the charter fishing boat Lucky Sands reporting mechanical motor failure of one motor and we launched the sea rescue craft Shelly Spirit to transfer 6 passengers off the casualty boat just off the backline of Shelly Beach.

Once all 6 passengers were safely brought to shore aboard the sea rescue craft Shelly Spirit the skipper brought the casualty craft ashore on one motor without incident.


Sarah Smith, NSRI St Francis Bay station commander, said:

At 21h57, Thursday, 08th March, NSRI St Francis Bay duty crew launched the sea rescue craft Spirit of St Francis II to patient evacuate a 41 year old local fisherman off the chokka fishing boat Sherene.

The patient, suffering dehydration, was brought to shore aboard our sea rescue craft without incident and transported to hospital by Private Care ambulance in a stable condition.


Reinard Geldenhuys, NSRI Agulhas station commander, said:

At 04h15, Friday, 09th March, NSRI Agulhas duty crew launched the sea rescue craft Spirit of Agulhas to assist the local Chuckie fishing boat Ou Groote suffering motor mechanical failure.

On arrival on the scene off-shore of Skipskop we found the crew safe onboard the casualty craft and we towed them to Waenhuiskrans without incident and no further assistance was required.

PICTURE ATTACHED: By NSRI Agulhas: Spirit of Agulhas towing the casualty craft this morning.


Jacque Kruger, NSRI Richards Bay duty coxswain, said:

At 01h35, Friday, 09th March, NSRI Richards Bay duty crew were activated by the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) to go to the assistance of the yacht Karou, 30 foot yacht, with a solo French sailor onboard, suffering motor mechanical failure in the Port entrance and drifting towards the shark nets and the breakwater.

A Port of Richards Bay Pilot boat was initially sent to attempt to tow the yacht but without success TNPA control activated sea rescue.

The sea rescue craft Spirit of Richards Bay and Spirit of Round Table II was launched and the yacht was found to have drifted into the shark nets and was found to be snagged in the shark nets and the solo sailor was safe onboard and in no immediate danger.

Attempts were made using the sea rescue craft Spirit of Round Table II to pull the yacht free of the shark nets with no success.

We requested the skipper to deploy his anchor and he remained safe onboard and we waited for daylight when we used the light of day to cut free the shark nets.

The Natal Sharks Board deployed a boat to assist us in the operation.

NSRI rescue swimmers were transferred onto the yacht and all nets were cut free around the yacht and the yacht was successfully freed and our sea rescue craft Spirit of Richards Bay towed the yacht into Port without incident and once safely berthed no further assistance was required.


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