At 18h54 on Tuesday the 14th of May Mykonos duty crew were placed on alert following reports from West Coast Disaster Management of two fishermen lost in dense fog on a crayfish Bakkie off Lamberts Bay.
Gerard Brune, NSRI Mykonos station commander, said: “The fishermen had set anchor and were prepared to wait out the night to see if the dense fog would lift by morning and NSRI Mykonos monitored the situation.
“By early morning, Wednesday, 15th May, the two fishermen came ashore safely.
“It was then reported on Wednesday, 15th May, in the early morning, by Police, that a second boat, a Crayfish Bakkie with 4 fishermen onboard, was lost in dense fog in the same area.
“As fog lifted Lamberts Bay harbour local Leon de Gruchy, who was assisting NSRI to stay in contact with the fishermen and their families, confirmed the boats position 4 nautical miles off-shore of Doorspring and Leon arranged for local fisherman Jacque Marais to launch his boat and assist in locating the fishermen.
“When Jacque arrived at the coordinates he found the 4 fishermen safe but with motor mechanical failure and he towed the boat and the 4 fishermen safely to shore where they were met by a WC Government Health EMS ambulance. All 4 men were treated for mild dehydration but required no further assistance following treatment.
“NSRI commend the cooperation between the West Coast community, the West Coast fishermen and West Coast emergency services.”