At 11h00 on Saturday the 21st of June, NSRI Kommetjie volunteer sea rescue duty crew were activated following reports of a 5 meter ski-boat without motor power off the Kommetjie slip way with one person onboard.
Our volunteer sea rescue duty crew responded to the Kommetjie slip way where just off-shore, in the boat channel, we found local Kommetjie resident Bruce Brink, 44, safe on his boat but with one of the boat motors inside the boat.
NSRI rescue swimmers waded out to the boat and swam it to shore where it was safely recovered.
Mr. Brink explained that he had just installed two new motors on his 5 meter ski-boat and had launched to do sea trials but on accelerating for the first time the bracket snapped off the back of the boat and both motors fell off his boat.
He was able to recover one motor himself by pulling the motor up by its cables which were still attached to the boat but the second motor was lost under water.
Left with no power on his boat, a local fishing boat had come to Mr. Brinks aid and had towed him about 25 meters into the safety of the Kommetjie channel where we waded in and pulled the boat safely to shore.
We launched our sea rescue craft SPIRIT OF WINELANDS and a NSRI rescue swimmer was deployed into the water to try to find the missing boat motor but under water visibility was poor and the boat motor has not been located.
Mr. Brink will make arrangements when water visibility improves to try to find his missing motor.