At 14h57 on Tuesday the 26th of March Hout Bay duty crew were called out to assist the 34 foot Catamaran yacht ATLANTIS which had fishing net fouled around her propellor and rudder off Olifantsbospunt, Cape Point.
Lyall Pringle, NSRI Hout Bay station commander, said: “The yacht was sailing from the Seychelles to Table Bay, with a 55 year old Belgium skipper and a 49 year old South African woman onboard.
“Our NSRI Hout Bay volunteers launched NADINE GORDIMER and ALBIE MATTHEWS and responded.
“On arrival on-scene we found the yacht under sail, but with steering difficulties. Rope and fishing net was fouled around her motor props and rudder.
“NSRI rescue swimmer Dean Morrison was deployed into the water. He free dived under the yacht and cut the rope and fishing net free which was then brought onto our sea rescue craft. Once all rope and fishing nets were cut free the yacht continued on her passage to Cape Town and no further assistance was required.
At 20h24 on Tuesday the 26th of March Knysna duty crew were called out following reports of people screaming for help on the Knysna Lagoon in the vicinity of the Angling and Yacht Clubs.
Graeme Harding, NSRI Knysna station commander, said: “Our NSRI Knysna volunteers responded to our base to launch our sea rescue craft and in the interim numerous calls were being received reporting the cries for help including a call from the Knysna Yacht Club.
“While our crew were responding to our sea rescue base we requested the Yacht Club members to launch a boat to investigate.
“On arrival on-scene the yacht club members reported finding two youngsters on a small rubber-duck. They were being swept away in strong winds and the yacht clubs boat took them under tow and brought them safely ashore where they required no further assistance.
“It appears that the two youngsters had launched their house boats ‘tender boat’ (a small rubber duck), on Knysna Lagoon, to fetch their father from the shore but they had not opened the ‘pet cock’ (an air valve switch on the fuel tank) and while motoring to shore the motor was starved of fuel and stalled.
“As no further assistance was required and they were safe, thanks to the quick response of the Knysna Yacht Club members, NSRI stood down.