Wendy Serfontein, NSRI Durban base controller, said: “At 07h34 (Sunday, 25th August) NSRI Durban were activated by the Transnet National Ports Authority following a request for assistance from a 44 year old man, from Forest Hill, Durban, reporting his jet-ski to be experiencing mechanical motor failure 1.5 nautical miles off-shore in line with the Moses Mabhida Stadium, about 2 nautical miles from our NSRI Durban sea rescue base.
“Our NSRI Durban volunteer sea rescue duty crew, who were on station at the time conducting routine training, launched our sea rescue craft MEGAN II and on arrival on-scene we took the jet-ski under tow and towed the man to Vetch’s Beach where his jet-ski was recovered and he required no further assistance.”
Bruce Davidson, NSRI Bakoven station commander, said:
“At 09h34 (Sunday, 25th August) NSRI Bakoven, while preparing to launch to go on routine exercises, were activated by the Transnet National Ports Authority to respond to assist a man and a woman, on a 4 metre rubber-duck and sustained motor failure while fishing off-shore of Oudekraal, on the Atlantic Seaboard.
“We launched our sea rescue craft ROTARIAN SCHIPPER and on arrival on-scene, about half a nautical mile off-shore, we took the two, a man aged 46 and a female aged 43, both from Bellville, onto our sea rescue craft, established a towline and towed their boat to the Oceana Power Boat Club in Granger Bay where their boat was recovered and they required no further assistance.”