Donate Call for Help Now Find a Base


087 094 9774
File image: Rocket File image: RocketAt approximately 19h05, Tuesday, 05th April, NSRI were alerted to the yacht Rocket, with 9 persons onboard, 4 females and 5 males, one crewman from Cape Town and the remaining crew from the Vaal Dam, sailing from Cape Town to Durban, reporting a damaged rudder in heavy sea conditions off-shore of Eerste River, between Plettenberg Bay and Oyster Bay, on the Eastern cape Coastline and fearing that the damaged rudder could hole the boat if it broke free.The rudder was lose in her housing and every movement threatened structural damage to the hull.The Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) placed NSRI Port Elizabeth, NSRI St Francis Bay and NSRI Oyster Bay on alert and NSRI Plettenberg Bay were requested to respond to stand-by on the shore in the vicinity and together with NSRI Oyster Bay to prepare to assist the yacht if it became necessary.MRCC (Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre) were requested to dispatch an all ships alert and at 19h25 Telkom Maritime Radio Services broadcast an Pan Pan safety radio message for vessels in the area to be on alert.Not declaring an emergency the yacht skipper reported all of the crew onboard to be safe but requesting Maritime Rescue Authorities to be on alert fearful that the yacht could sustain catastrophic damage if the damaged rudder broke off or if it caused a hole in the hull from the loose movement and they were instructed to head at their safest possible cautionary speed towards sheltered waters to drop anchor while sea rescue craft stood by to respond if an emergency was declared.As a precautionary measure MRCC placed the SA Air Force (SAAF) on alert and a SAAF 15 Squadron, Charlie Flight helicopter and an NSRI ASR team were put on high alert.During the night NSRI Plettenberg Bay were released to return to base and NSRI Jeffreys Bay were placed on alert to respond if it became necessary.Up to 4 to 5 meter swells were being experienced and the yacht was able to sail past Oyster Bay, reaching St Francis Bay by early morning and they have safely put to anchor outside of the St Francis Bay Port to await high tide early this afternoon to get into Port.All crew onboard are safe.NSRI St Francis Bay are now on alert and will assist them into Port at high tide.The yacht crew have abandoned plans to sail to Durban for the 2016 Vasco (Vasco Da Gama Ocean Race) and the yacht will stay in St Francis Bay for extensive repairs.TO REPORT A SEA RESCUE EMERGENCY DIAL 112 FROM A CELLPHONE
Next Article

Paddlers rescued, Simonstown. Boat crew rescued, Port Edward

Read More

You may also like

EOC Image for Vacancy 2
VACANCIES  | Published: 13 March 2023

Vacancy: Emergency Operations Centre Operator

Sea Rescue is looking to appoint an Emergency Control Room Operator based at Milnerton. This is a shift-based role, involving both day and night shifts of 12-hour durations. (07h00 to 19h00 & 19h00 to 07h00). Purpose: To assist stations to ...

Station 39 Rocky Bay 01
RESCUES  | Published: 12 March 2023

SCOTTBURGH – Teenager missing

Police Search and Rescue are continuing in an ongoing search for a 17 year old male who went missing at Scottburgh Beach on Saturday, 11 March. ...

Callout 11 March 10
RESCUES  | Published: 12 March 2023

Update Wilderness search and incidents at Wilderness, Sedgefield, Bantry Bay and Durban

NSRI Wilderness and George Fire and Rescue Services are assisting the Police Dive Unit continuing in an ongoing search for an 18 year old student male who remains missing at Wilderness. Also, A 70 year old German tourist is recovering ...