At 09h58 on Saturday the 2nd of April, NSRI Simon’s Town duty crew were activated by the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) following reports of a boat capsized at Anvil Rock, 1 nautical mile East of Cape Point.
The sea rescue craft Spirit of Safmarine III and Spirit of Surfski II were launched.
While responding to the scene it was confirmed that the 4.5 meter boat Casman, with 4 male crew onboard, aged 62, 58, 40 and 33, all from Melkbosstrand, had capsized while fishing at anchor at Anvil Rock. It is believed that the boat was capsized by a wave and the boat Amata, with 3 male crew onboard, from Paarl, that was nearby at the time had come to their assistance and rescued all 4 men out of the water.
The rigid inflatable boat Amata brought all 4 of the casualties to Millers Point boat slip way where CMR (Cape Medical Response) paramedics medically assessed the casualty crew and they were not injured and required no medical assistance.
On arrival on the scene at Anvil Rock NSRI Simon’s Town found the boat Kiora, with an NSRI station 26 Kommetjie coxswain onboard, standing by at the capsized craft and safely securing the capsized craft.
NSRI Simon’s Town took the casualty boat Casman under tow in the capsized position as the sea state of 4 meter swells and a 20 knot South Westerly wind did not allow for the casualty boat to be safely righted at sea.
The casualty boat was towed to the Millers Point boat slip way where the casualty boat was righted by NSRI Simon’s Town and NSRI then assisted the owners to put her on her boat trailer and no further assistance was required.
Paarl fisherman Martin Fourie and his 2 crew aboard Amata are commended for their assistance.
At 09h18 on Saturday the 2nd of April, an SA Air Force, 15 Squadron Charlie Flight, accompanied by NSRI ASR (Air Sea Rescue) swimmers and an EC Government Health EMS rescue paramedic responded to off-shore of Port Elizabeth to rendezvous with a ship carrying two crew members, one suffering a fractured ankle and one needing dental assistance.
On arrival on the scene NSRI ASR rescue swimmers were hoisted aboard the ship Tempanos and the two Chilean sailors were hoisted into the helicopter, one suffering an open fracture to the right ankle from unknown causes and one requiring dental assistance.
In a difficult operation both sailors were hoisted successfully off the ship and airlifted to hospital for further medical treatment.
The ship, sailing from India to Brazil, continued on her voyage.
Later, on the same day, at 13h01, NSRI Port Elizabeth duty crew aboard a sea rescue craft rendezvoused with a dive charter boat Blue Pearl 3 nautical miles from the Port of Port Elizabeth.
The casualty boat suffered motor mechanical problems with 12 crew onboard off-shore of Evans Peak, some 10 nautical miles from the Port of Port Elizabeth and then limped towards Port and NSRI Port Elizabeth rendezvoused with them 3 nautical miles off-shore and escorted them as a safety precaution into Port without incident.
At 12h19, on Sunday the 3rd of April, NSRI Port Elizabeth duty crew responded to off Noordhoek to assist the 8 meter catamaran motor boat Nemo with 4 crew onboard suffering steering mechanical problems but unable to get into Noordhoek slipway due to heavy sea swells. They were on an emergency steering tiller and they did not have sufficient fuel to limp the 10 nautical miles to Port Elizabeth’s Port.
NSRI Port Elizabeth rendezvoused with the craft and after establishing a towline the craft was towed to Port Elizabeth without incident.
At 07h00 on Sunday the 3rd of April, NSRI Port Edward duty crew responded to Silver Beach where a boat, Cloud 9, capsized in the surf with 2 men onboard.
NSRI crew waded into the water to assist 4 fishermen who had already waded into the water to assist the two casualties who are two men aged 59 and 52, from Piet Retief.
The two men were assisted to the shore and NSRI and the fishermen righted the casualty boat and assisted to get her onto her trailer.
The two men were not injured and the fishermen who helped were commended for their effort.
Later, at 10h30, An Ocean Safari pleasure boat, with 6 persons onboard, was reportedly nearly capsized by waves in the surfline at Silver Beach and two female passengers, aged 24 and 25, both from Durban, were flung out of the boat during the incident. The remaining 4 persons which included the skipper were able to stay in the boat when it was rolled to one side by a wave.
NSRI Port Edward rescuers and bystanders waded into the surf to assist and the two women were assisted out of the water and the boat was beached safely and recovered.
No one was injured.
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