At 14h25, Sunday, 08th November, NSRI Jeffreys Bay duty crew were activated following a request for assistance from the Gamtoos Ferry Hotel reporting a family on a cabin boat with motor failure upstream on the Gamtoos River.
While reportedly safe, but with motor failure to the cabin boat, the concern was that they had a 6-month old baby onboard and without hesitation we towed our sea rescue craft Project Group Rescuer and launched onto the Gamtoos River. We found the family, who are from Jeffreys Bay, 5km upstream and all safe.
We took them under tow and assisted to moor them at the Gamtoos Ferry Lodge and no further assistance was required.
At 23h21, Sunday, 08th November, NSRI Hermanus duty crew were activated following reports from an eye-witness claiming that he heard shouts for help and the sound of a boat outboard motor coming off the sea at Danger Point, between Kleinmond and Gansbaai.
We towed our sea rescue craft Hunters Gold Rescuer to the scene while a local man launched his private 7 meter rigid inflatable boat to begin a search and the SA Police Services responded.
On arrival on the scene no sign of anyone in any difficulty could be found despite a sea and shore search but then Police came across a 4.2 meter boat lying beached in shallow surf and while investigating a vehicle arrived with 3 local men who confirmed that two of them had been on the boat fishing when they got into difficulty and swam ashore. They had gone home to fetch the one man’s brother with his bakkie to come to help recover their boat.
They were not injured and they required no further assistance.
At 12h19, Tuesday, 10th November, NSRI Richards Bay were activated by the Transnet National Ports Authority following a request for assistance from the yacht Sage, sailing from last Port of call Madagascar to Richards Bay, with a Canadian couple onboard, a 65 year old male and a 62 year old female, reporting motor failure on their yacht and requiring a tow into Port.
We launched our sea rescue craft Spirit of Richards Bay and rendezvoused with them off-shore of the Port of Richards Bay and we towed them safely into Port where once moored they required no further assistance.
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