When the rescue boat arrived at the given position last night the yacht could not be found and all radio communication had been lost. They searched for a few hours and then made the decision to return to Cape Town. At 05:00 this morning the skipper of the yacht got hold of emergency services and said he’d managed to rig emergency steering and was making his way to Port Owen and that he did not require any assistance. NSRI Table Bay and Mykonos were still placed on alert in case his situation changed.
NSRI Table Bay are responding aboard the sea rescue craft SPIRIT OF VODACOM to rescue a lone sailor, sailing from Brazil to Cape Town, whose yacht KAYA is taking on water and reportedly suffering a damaged rudder some 75 nautical miles West from Cape Town.
A Mayday Distress call was received by Telkom Maritime Radio Services from the yacht at around 09h00 today. Updates will follow.
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