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Jet-Ski assisted at Richards Bay. and Rigid Inflatable Boat assisted at Knysna:KNYSNA:Graeme Harding, NSRI Knysna station commander, said:'At 13h05, Friday, 02 May, NSRI Knysna volunteer sea rescue duty crew were activated following reports of red distress flares being fired from a rigid inflatable boat in the Knysna Heads.“We launched our sea rescue craft JAYTEE III while a private boat, that was on the water at the time near to the casualty boat, put a tow-line to the casualty boat and towed the boat out to sea (out of the Knysna Heads) to safety beyond the breaker line.“On our arrival on-scene we took all 7 people off the casualty boat, which had experienced engine failure, and brought them safely ashore while 2 of our sea rescue crew remained with the casualty boat.“After bringing them ashore we returned to the boat and set up a tow-line and towed the casualty boat safely ashore.“No further assistance was required.'RICHARDS BAY:Cornel du Toit, NSRI Richards Bay station commander, said:At 08h00, Friday, 02 May, NSRI Richards Bay volunteer sea rescue duty crew were activated following a request for assistance from Jan broodryk, 21, and Nadia Rossouw, 18, who were on a jet-ski reporting to be experiencing engine failure while out fishing 1 nautical mile off 5 Mile Beach.“They had been out fishing since 6a.m. on the jet-ski and had phoned their parents to raise the alarm after their jet-ski experienced engine failure. They hadn’t caught any fish.“We launched our sea rescue craft SPIRIT OF ROUND TABLE and on arrival on-scene found that the jet-ski had engine trouble and was taking on water.“Nadia was taken aboard our sea rescue craft and a tow-line hitched to the jet-ski and Jan stayed onboard his jet-ski while we towed it safely ashore.“Once safely ashore they required no further assistance.'Nadia Rossouw safely on the Sea Rescue boat. Nadia Rossouw safely on the Sea Rescue boat Spirit of Round Table.
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