UPDATE: SEA RESCUE WILD COAST. TUESDAY, 20th October. SAILORS BROUGHT SAFELY TO CAPE TOWN:
UPDATE: SEA RESCUE WILD COAST, Sunday, 18th October.
MRCC (Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre) confirmed from radio transmissions made between Telkom Maritime Radio Services, the bulk carrier CMA CGM Rossini and the NSRI sea rescue craft Spirit of Lotto that both men from the Lama Lo have been found alive and well adrift at sea in the yachts tender, an inflatable boat, about 51 nautical miles off Kidd’s Beach, East London.
Both men, Jean Sitruk, 65, from Lyon, France, (Jean has been sailing abroad for the past 8 years) and Kyle Castelyn, 20, from Strand, Cape Town, have requested to stay on CMA CGM Rossini bound for Cape Town and are due to arrive in Cape Town on Tuesday.
They were found adrift in the Lama Lo’s tender at around 18h25 by the bulk carrier CMA CGM Rossini.
MRCC had tasked the bulk carrier CMA CGM Rossini (one of 6 ships that were assisting in the search with the NSRI vessel and the SAAF helicopter) to go back to the last known position of the EPIRB and to search between there and where the Catamaran was physically located. Although that area had been searched earlier it was decided in the fading light to re-cover all ground and it was in this leg of the search effort that the tender was located with both men on board.
CMA CGM Rossini came alongside the tender after reporting that the two men were rowing towards them and they took both men onboard their ship.
Both men are reported to be in good spirits and understandably all of the people involved in the Search and Rescue operation are overjoyed.
The families of the two men have been informed with the good news.
Together with the NSRI East London sea rescue craft Spirit of Lotto and the SAAF 15 Squadron Oryx helicopter a further 6 ships assisted in the Search and Rescue operation, the bulk carriers Shin Heiru and Cape Olive, the container ships CMA CGM Rossini, Mare Atlanticum and Northern Justice and the oil chemical tanker STI Mythos. They are commended for their efforts today. MRCC have released them to continue on their voyages.
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A Search and Rescue operation coordinated by MRCC (Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre) is underway for the crew of a Catamaran that was found floating capsized about 50 nautical miles North East of East London (40 nautical miles off Cape Morgan).
NSRI East London dispatched the sea rescue craft Spirit of Lotto, accompanied by East London Fire and Rescue Services rescue divers and Eastern Cape Government Health EMS rescue paramedics.
An SA Air Force 15 Squadron Oryx helicopter, accompanied by navy divers, a Netcare 911 rescue paramedic and NSRI ASR (Air Sea Rescue) rescue swimmers has also been dispatched.
The Catamaran reportedly departed Durban on Friday bound for East London with 2 crew onboard.
MRCC (Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre) received an EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon) activation and ships in the area were diverted to the coordinates of the EPIRB to investigate, following an all ships alert by Telkom Maritime Radio Services broadcast on the VHF radio emergency frequency for any ships in the area to divert to investigate the EPIRB, while attempts were made to raise the sailing boat by VHF radio to try to determine the nature of the emergency if any.
The first ship to arrive at the location of the EPIRB found the upturned hull of a Catamaran adrift and a life-raft was also found adrift in the vicinity but no sign of crew was found.
Numerous ships that were in the area at the time have joined in the search.
During yesterday sea conditions in the vicinity were rough seas with gale force winds gusting up to 50 knots.
It remains unknown what caused the yacht to capsize and the fate of the two missing crew is unknown and a Search and Rescue operation is ongoing.
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