Danie Viljoen, NSRI Agulhas deputy station commander, said: “At 16h30 (Friday, 21st June) NSRI Agulhas volunteer sea rescue duty crew were activated following reports of a boat broken its mooring in Struisbaai harbour in strong gusting to 50 knot North Westerly winds and rough choppy sea conditions.
“Our NSRI Agulhas volunteer sea rescue duty crew responded to the harbour and we launched our sea rescue craft I&J RESCUER II and assisted fishermen to corral their small fishing boat (a Crayfish Bakkie) which had broken her mooring in the intense winds that were lashing the coastline and their boat was re-moored.
“Once safely moored and secured they required no further assistance and a number of additional fishing boats, in the harbour, that were at risk of breaking their moorings, were fastened and secured to their moorings.
“No boats sustained any damage.”
NSRI are urging boaters, paddlers and bathers around our coast and in particular anglers fishing along the shoreline to be cautious at this time of the year as winter storms create rough sea conditions and we are asking them to be aware of the Spring Tide, the effects of which have already begun with the approaching full moon, and which will peak on Sunday 23rd June and Monday 24th June – the Spring Tide effects will continue throughout the coming week.
Spring Tide brings a higher than normal high tide, a lower than normal low tide, stronger than normal rip-currents and in winter sea conditions, where storms prevail in deep-sea and along the coastline, Spring Tide effects are normally most severe.
Extreme caution is advised.