At 14h34 on Wednesday the 7th of August NSRI Shelly Beach volunteers were activated following a request for assistance from the skipper of the charter boat RIP TIDE reporting motor failure of one of the two motors, just off Shelly Beach. There were two crew members and ten passengers from Gauteng on board, and, as a precautionary measure, NSRI were asked to get the ten passengers to shore. The skipper was correctly not going to take the chance of compromising his passengers safety by bringing the boat in through the surf under only one motor.
“Our duty crew launched our CALTEX CHALLENGER II and rendezvoused with the boat and all ten passengers, nine men and one 75 year old woman, were transferred onto our sea rescue boat and brought safely to shore.
“We then took a spare propeller blade to the boat and, also assisted by their fellow local charter boater Wayne Marsh, the propeller was changed, the engine repaired and the boat managed to get in to shore under her own steam.”