Ian Klopper, NSRI Kommetjie station commander, said:
At 13h55, Wednesday, 20th April, NSRI Kommetjie duty crew were activated by the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) following a request for assistance from the fishing craft Mbabatha reporting that they were attending to the Hout Bay fishing craft Hangklip Aboriginal I that they had found to be firing off red distress flares South of Scarborough, 1 nautical mile off-shore.
The 5.5 meter casualty craft with 4 Hout Bay fishermen onboard had fired red distress flares after their boat suffered battery power failure.
The crew on Mbabatha saw the red distress flares and went to their aid.
Mbabatha took the casualty boat under tow while NSRI Kommetjie launched our sea rescue craft Spirit of the Vines and on arrival on the scene, off Soetwater, we took over the tow of the casualty craft and we towed the casualty craft to the Crayfish Factory slip way and the casualty boat was recovered without incident and no further assistance was required.
Mbabatha’s crew were thanked for their assistance.