Gavin Fordham was called by Port Control 04h00 this morning informing us
that svShiloh needed assistance into the port due to her not having working
R19A was dispatched to the scene where Coxwain Cornel du Toit proceeded to
tow the vessel into the port. Whilst tending to this call out we were
informed of another yacht needing assistance.
We moored Shiloh alongside the quay at Small Craft Harbour, tended to Eskimo then proceeded to tow svShiloh to the Zululand Yacht Club after she had cleared customs.
Whilst on the callout towing sv’Shiloh’ we were notified of another yacht
needing assistance. svEskimo informed Durban Radio that he was a single
handed sailor who also had a bad eye infection (which was hampering his
vision) and would appreciate assistance into port. He did have sail and motor
He called from ±5.5NM North of R/Bay. We informed him that we would just tie
sv’Shiloh alongside then would proceed to her position. The vessel intended
to sail to a position just off the harbour mouth which would have taken her
directly over a submerged pipeline (with extended breather pipes). Our base
controller proceeded to plot and provide a safer route for the casualty to
make her way to. R19A then made her way to the second casualty.
With the casualties permission we transferred two crewmen on board (Jacques
Kruger & Andrew Hodson) to assist the sailor. R19A then escorted the vessel
into the Small Craft Harbour.