At 15h28, Friday, 10th April, NSRI Hout Bay duty crew were activated by the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) reporting a 5 meter local fishing ski-boat TANTASWA, with 3 local crew onboard, that had been found 6 nautical miles off-shore of Slangkop Lighthouse, Kommetjie adrift in thick fog by the fishing trawler REIGER 4.
REIGER 4 raised the alarm and volunteered to stand by the fishing boat until sea rescue arrived.
Our NSRI Hout Bay duty crew launched the sea rescue craft NADINE GORDIMER and on arrival on-scene took TANTASWA and her 3 crew under tow and towed them safely to Hout Bay harbour where once their boat was recovered they required no further assistance.
It appears that TANTASWA had suffered motor and electrical failure. Unable to raise the alarm TANTASWA drifted in thick fog until REIGER 4 happened to come across them.
At 17h02, Saturday, 11th April, NSRI Richards Bay duty crew launched the sea rescue craft SPIRIT OF ROUND TABLE following reports from the Transnet National Ports Authority of a canoe, with two local males onboard, aged 18 and 21, that had paddled across the harbour channel but had been caught by a strong wind and appeared unable to paddle back against the wind.
On arrival on the scene our NSRI sea rescue craft took them under tow and towed them safely back across the shipping channel to shore where once ashore they required no further assistance.
At 06h50, Saturday, 11th April, NSRI Shelly Beach duty crew were activated following reports from the Sonny Evans Small Craft Harbour Control of the boat KING MACKEREL lost steering power while exiting to go to sea through the surf line.
NSRI Shelly Beach duty crew launched the sea rescue craft CHALLENGER II and took local boatsman Wayne Marsh out to KING MACKEREL accompanied by a tiller arm.
Once at KING MACKEREL the skippers wife and daughter were transferred onto our sea rescue craft and Wayne Marsh was transferred onto KING MACKEREL where he fitted the tiller arm and Wayne and the skipper brought KING MACKEREL safely to shore using the tiller arm for steering.
NSRI brought the two ladies safely to shore aboard our sea rescue craft.
Once safely ashore no further assistance was required and the skipper will have the steering of KING MACKEREL repaired.
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