Yacht assisted – Wild Coast. Father and son assisted – Kommetjie:


Alan Stilwell, NSRI Port Edward duty controller, said:

At 10h00, Sunday, 15th April, NSRI Port Edward duty crew were placed on alert following reports from the yacht Chinook, with 2 male crew onboard, sailing from East London to Durban, reporting an oil leak, 40 nautical miles South of Port Edward.

Telkom Maritime Radio Services assisted with VHF marine radio communications.

At 14h00 they confirmed that they required oil following repairs that they had made and the NSRI Port Edward sea rescue craft Wild Coast Sun Rescuer rendezvoused with them off-shore North of Port St Johns.

Oil was provided and they confirmed that they were okay to continue.

Our sea rescue craft returned to base and ourselves, NSRI Shelly Beach, NSRI Rocky Bay and NSRI Durban are on alert while their progress is monitored and they are making good headway.

Port Edward’s rescue vehicle providing relay communications

Yacht Chinook


Ian Klopper, NSRI Kommetjie station commander, said:

At 17h18, Sunday, 15th April, NSRI Kommetjie duty crew launched the sea rescue craft Spirit of the Vines and rendezvoused with a local rubber-duck, with a father and his son onboard, off of Kommetjie, and a towline was rigged and we towed them to the Kommetjie slip-way without incident where their rubber-duck was recovered.

They had been out surfing from their rubber-duck when they experienced motor mechanical failure and they raised the alarm requesting assistance.


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