Hangklip – Thursday, 07th August, 2014.
Francois Stevens, NSRI Gordons Bay duty coxswain, said:
“At 08h51, Thursday, 7th August, NSRI Gordon’s Bay duty crew were activated by the Transnet National Ports Authority following reports of the fishing trawler BLOU DAM, with 13 crew on board, reported to be taking water following a leak in the engine room, and requiring assistance.
“Our Gordon’s Bay volunteers launched JACK RILEY and responded to rendezvous with the trawler 2.5 nautical miles West of Hangklip (between Gordon’s Bay and Hermanus).
“WC Government Health EMS, the Red Cross AMS Skymed helicopter and NSRI Simon’s Town were placed on alert and a sister ship, SOUTHERN HORIZON, also went to the assistance of the trawler.
“On our arrival on-scene some of the crew of BLOU DAM had been transferred onto SOUTHERN HORIZON and the remaining crew were bailing water.
“Three NSRI rescue swimmers were put on board BLOU DAM to assess and an additional bilge pump supplied by us was transferred aboard and with the additional resources pumping water out of the casualty boat water was being pumped out faster than what it was leaking into the boat and SOUTHERN HORIZON took up a towline to the casualty boat and she was towed safely to Kalk Bay Harbour for repairs.
“NSRI remained on alert during the tow effort and Telkom Maritime Radio Services maintained radio contact with the two boats until they were safely in the harbour at Kalk Bay.”
These pictures are available on Sea Rescue’s Flickr page.
Southern Horizon and Blou Dam.