At 00h08 on Sunday 04 September 2011 the NSRI Mykonos duty crew were called out following a report to Police of a 6 meter boat capsized at Spreeu Walle, between Mykonos and the Saldanha Bay Iron Ore Jetty. Two of the 4 crew were suspected to be injured.
Leon Greeff and Natalie Stewart-Smit, both in their 30’s, reported to police that the boat they were on, SKA-RAMBA, had hit a sandbar at Spreeu Walle and had capsized. Four people were on-board, including skipper Cleeve Matthyson and his wife Annemarie, both in their fifties.
Cleeve and Annemarie had stayed with the boat while Leon and Natalie walked along the beach to seek help.
Our NSRI 4×4 rescue vehicle, the SA Police Services, the Police Port of Entry Security, officials from the Transnet National Ports Authority and Atlantic Medical Services responded to the scene.
The vessel was high and dry on a sand bank when we arrived but the skipper and his wife were not with the boat and a search commenced for them. While the search was underway they phoned Leon and Natalie, who were now accompanying the rescue team, to say that they too had left the boat and had walked along the beach to safety.
The four crew, all from Langebaan, were reunited and no one required any medical assistance.
It appears they had run onto a sand bar which capsized their boat while out fishing.
They will attempt to salvage their boat today.