Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th February, 2013 :
On Saturday 23rd February during the North West Keel Boat Sailing Championships while competitors were taking a break from sailing to escape the very hot conditions, NSRI Hartbeespoort Dam volunteers were activated by the Yacht Club manager who had noticed a jet-skier in trouble 500 meters off-shore from Ifafi.
Hartbeespoort Dam volunteers launched their rescue craft and on arrival found the jet-ski was heavy laden with water and sinking and the skipper was exausted from trying to save his jet-ski from sinking.
Rod Pitter, NSRI Hartbeespoort Dam station commander, said that the man, in his mid twenties, who did not want to give his details, was rescued and a NSRI rescue swimmer steered his jet-ski while we towed it safely to shore.
At 05h36, on Sunday 24th February, NSRI Yzerfontein volunteers were activated following a request for assistance from the 33 foot sailing vessel FTI FLYER, with 3 men on board, reporting to be taking water between Dassen Island and Yzerfontein.
Yzerfontein duty crew launched ROTARY ONWARD and on arrival on-scene found the yacht to be heavy laden with water. The 3 crew remained aboard the yacht for the tow to Cape Town.
NSRI Table Bay were activated at 06h26 to rendezvous with NSRI Yzerfontein to take over the tow.
NSRI Table Bay took over the tow from NSRI Yzerfontein and towed the yacht to the Port of Table Bay.
It appeared that the yacht was taking water through the propeller motor joint but this will be investigated more closely by the owners once she is brought to shore.