Jet-Ski assisted at Richards Bay. and Rigid Inflatable Boat assisted at 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.”
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.”