SEA RESCUE – Simon’s Town – Wednesday, 27th August, 2014. Yacht assisted and 2 teenagers transported to hospital:
Darren Zimmerman, NSRI Simon’s Town station commander, said:
“At 12h47, Wednesday, 27th August, our volunteer sea rescue duty crew were activated following a request for assistance from the False Bay Yacht Club control to respond to assist the Bishops Diocesan College yacht JML I, reporting their mainsail damaged and wrapped around their forestay, and being blown out to sea with 6 male crew on board, taking part in the 2014 Lipton Cup Challenge, in a 30 to 35 knot North Westerly wind off Simon’s Town.
“Our duty crew launched SPIRIT OF SAFMARINE III and responded while the SA Navy yacht AMOYO, that was in the area at the time following the yacht regatta, took the JML I under tow after reaching them being blown out to sea 2 nautical miles East of Roman Rock Lighthouse and with no control of their yacht.
“The SA Navy yacht Amoyo then suffered an overheated motor while towing JML I and when NSRI’s sea rescue craft arrived on-scene we took over the towing of the Bishops yacht JML I (the mainsail remained wrapped around the forestay making the connection of the towline difficult) and the Navy yacht returned to harbour without assistance.
“JML I was towed safely into the harbour without incident, none of the 6 Bishops Diocesan College learners were injured, and our volunteer NSRI medics were then called to assist at the False Bay Yacht Club where two of the Knysna sailing teams female teenagers required medical assistance.
“A 17 year old female was transported to hospital suffering a leg injury and a 16 year old female was transported to hospital suffering hypothermia. Both are from the Knysna sailing team taking part in the 2014 Lipton Cup Challenge. Both were treated by CMR (Cape Medical Response) paramedics and NSRI medics and transported to hospital by CMR ambulance.”