At 09h21 on Thursday the 26th of November, NSRI Richards Bay duty crew were activated by the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) following reports of the ski-boat, Asterix, with 4 crew onboard, capsized 5km from the Port of Richards Bay.
Dorian Robertson, NSRI Richards Bay station commander, said:”We launched our Sea Rescue craft Spirit of Round Table and Spirit of Richards Bay and the Transnet National Ports Authority Portnet rescue helicopter, carrying an NSRI rescue swimmer, responded.
A Police Sea Borderline boat also responded.
The private boat Missile, that was in the area at the time, went to the assistance of the casualties from the capsized boat, who were all in the water, and they rescued one of the four men who were clinging to the upturned hull of the capsized boat.
On arrival on the scene a sea rescue swimmer was deployed into the water from the helicopter to secure the remaining three men and they were all rescued aboard our sea rescue craft.
No one was injured and it appears that their boat may have been capsized after being swamped by a wave.
NSRI righted the capsized casualty boat and towed the boat into port where it was recovered and no further assistance was required.”
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