At approximately 16:45 on 12 January 2015 NSRI Simon’s Town received a call from a yachtsman sailing his yacht MekToub single handed from Mossel Bay to Simon’s Town saying that he had engine trouble and was was considering anchoring in Pringle Bay overnight.
Due to bad weather conditions – gale force South Easterly winds – he was advised to sail for Simon’s Town if the engine could not be repaired.
By 18h00 MekToub’s engine was not operational and the skipper agreed to continue to False Bay where he would be met by Station 10’s Sea Rescue boats Spirit of Safmarine III and Spirit of Surfski II and towed to a safe anchorage.
At 19h35 Simon’s Town’s rescue vehicle went to a vantage site at Millers Point and did a radio check with MekToub. The rescue boats Spirit of Safmarine III and Spirit of Surfski II were launched shortly before 20h00. A crewman was transferred onto the yacht to help rig a tow in 50 knots of South Easter and MekToub was brought alongside safety in Simon’s Town at 22h30.