The yacht Astrell, sailing from Langebaan to Durban, earlier believed to be a Langebaan based yacht but which is actually a Durban based sailing academy yacht on a long voyage with trainees sailing from Langebaan to Durban, and which was assisted with diesel fuel by NSRI Port Edward on Friday, was assisted with additional diesel fuel by NSRI Durban duty crew on Saturday afternoon, 28th May.
It appears that a lull in the wind forced them to use up the diesel fuel provided by NSRI Port Edward on their ongoing voyage towards Durban and NSRI Durban took out additional diesel to them on their approach towards Durban on Saturday afternoon.
The diesel was delivered by NSRI Durban’s sea rescue craft Megan II without incident and they have arrived in Durban’s Port safely.
NSRI Table Bay duty crew launched the sea rescue craft Rotary Endeavor and Spirit of Vodacom on Sunday afternoon, 29th May, after being activated at 14h11 to assist the Catamaran Mojo reporting fuel problems.
It appears that the 2 local crew may have had water contaminated fuel and despite trying to rectify the problem by swopping fuel tanks onboard they then requested assistance while fishing off-shore of Murray Bay Harbour, Robben Island, being unable to get their motors started.
In dense fog the NSRI Table Bay sea rescue craft rendezvoused with the boat and a tow line was rigged and they were towed safely to the Port of Table Bay without incident.
NSRI Lamberts Bay were activated early evening on Sunday, 29th May, following a request for assistance from a fishing boat with 3 crew onboard reporting to be lost in dense fog and suspected to be between Dorings Bay and Lamberts Bay.
NSRI Lamberts Bay launched the sea rescue craft Douglas Murray but despite a search no sign of the 3 fishermen could be found.
Cellphone communications confirmed that the fishermen were safe and as a precaution NSRI Mykonos were placed on alert.
By late Sunday night no sign of the fishermen could be found and the fishermen, in no imminent danger, in fair seas and not calling a Mayday Distress, with their lives not threatened, they were instructed to put to anchor and stay safe and NSRI monitored them in cellphone communication through the night.
Early on Monday morning a Police boat and a private fishing boat located the fishermen safe in the vicinity of Strandfontein on the West Coast, and as the fog lifted it is believed that they were able to get back to Lamberts Bay without incident.
At 07h30, Monday, 30th May, NSRI East London duty crew launched the sea rescue craft Spirit of Lotto to rendezvous with the bulk carrier Great Hope, sailing from Brazil to Singapore, to evacuate a 44 year old Chinese sailor suffering an allergic reaction to medication.
Communications between the ships medics and a Government Health EMS duty doctor, assisted by MRCC (Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre) and Telkom Maritime Radio Services, confirmed that the allergy was not contagious and NSRI East London were tasked by the Transnet National Ports Authority to transfer the patient to shore.
On arrival on the scene the patient was taken off the ship and brought into the Port of East London aboard the sea rescue craft Spirit of Lotto in a stable condition and he was transferred to hospital by an EMS ambulance and following treatment he was discharged and will be assessed by doctors again tomorrow, Tuesday, 31st May. He is expected to return to the ship to continue on the voyage to Singapore.