At 11h38, Wednesday, 29th October, NSRI Richards Bay volunteer sea rescue duty crew were activated by the Transnet National Ports Authority following reports of a ski-boat run aground onto Dolosse on the South Arm, Port of Richards Bay.
Our NSRI Richards Bay volunteer sea rescue duty crew launched our sea rescue craft SPIRIT OF ROUND TABLE and on arrival on-scene found the 4.5 metre Bay Craft FLIGHT OF EAGLE run aground with all 3 crew members Edwin van der Watt, 48, his father, E.C. van der Watt, 67, and a friend, W.D. de Wet, 62, safely ashore and not injured.
They had launched at 11a.m. from the Richards Bay Ski-boat Club to go fishing but shortly into their trip the boat motor died and they were washed onto the Port South Arm and they managed to jump off the boat onto the wall.
NSRI rescue swimmers were put ashore and confirmed all 3 men were safe and not injured.
A tow-line was rigged to the casualty boat and our sea rescue craft pulled the boat free of the Dolosse and towed it to our sea rescue base where she was moored. We then returned to the scene to collect the 3 casualties and to collect our rescue swimmers. The three men were brought to our sea rescue base safely and they required no further assistance.
The casualty boat appears to have minimal damage with only a few scratches.