Clive Tesner, NSRI Gordons Bay duty coxswain, said: “At 15h17, Wednesday, 10th June, NSRI Gordon’s Bay were activated by the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) following a request for assistance from the 11 meter Gansbaai crayfish boat OUBOETA reporting gear box motor failure off Hangklip and, although in no imminent danger, the skipper John Marthinus, from Arniston, reported that they required assistance from sea rescue to get to Gordon’s Bay harbour.
“NSRI Simon’ s Town were requested to assist and launched the sea rescue craft SPIRIT OF SAFMARINE III.
“On arrival on-scene the casualty boat was found 3 nautical miles off Betty’s Bay and the crew of OUBOETA were found safe. A tow-line was rigged and they were towed safely to Gordon’s Bay harbour.
“On nearing Gordon’s Bay harbour our NSRI Gordon’s Bay 5.5 meter rigid inflatable sea rescue craft SPIRIT OF SURFSKI was launched to guide the Simons Town sea rescue craft into Gordon’s Bay harbour with OUBOETA under tow and the casualty vessel was safely moored without incident.
“The operation was completed at around 22h10 and after re-fueling, at around 22h45, NSRI Simon’s Town’s SPIRIT OF SAFMARINE III departed Gordon’s Bay harbour to return to Simon’s Town after being warmly thanked for assisting.”
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