The volunteers at Vaal Dam were checking their rescue boat Harvey’s Fibreglass, after its refit, when Station Commander Dick Manten got a call for help from Anton Hugo. After mooring the boat to a jetty, the Johannesburg University Island caretaker had gone shopping and on return found that the gale force westerly had broken the jetty his the boat was gone.
He could find no body to fetch the boat that had been blown across the dam – until he called Sea Rescue.
“ Because our boat was on the slip and the crew were there it was easy,” said Dick.
Anton was most grateful for the help – this is the letter that he wrote to Station 22:
Good day Dick. Just a short note to thank the NSRI of Deneysville on their speedy and efficiant service when our boat broke loose from its moorings during the storm on 30 Sep. They recovered our boat on the far North-Western side of the dam and brought it back to our jetty on the landward- side. Needless to say that i got no reaction from SAPS! Keep up the good work and i hope to repay the favour sometime.