Reinard Geldenhuys, NSRI Agulhas station commander, said:
A crewman onboard the deep sea fishing vessel Rigel 4 reportedly lost everything in the Hout Bay Imizamo Yethu fire after his home was razed by the recent fire leaving his family destitute.
Anxious to get him to his family the fishing company Ruwekus Fishing approached NSRI Agulhas, being the closest Port, to take him off the fishing vessel early morning off-shore of Struisbaai.
Without hesitation our NSRI Agulhas crew volunteered to assist the man to get him to shore so that he can get to his family in Hout Bay.
Rigel 4 arrived off-shore of Struisbaai this morning and at 08h30 this morning, Wednesday, 15th March, our sea rescue craft Spirit of Agulhas rendezvouzed with the Rigel 4 about three miles off-shore of Struisbaai and the fisherman was transferred onto our sea rescue craft and brought to shore and he is on his way home.
Lorenzo Taverna, NSRI Durban duty coxswain, said:
At 09h15, Wednesday, 15th March, NSRI Durban duty crew launched the sea rescue craft Eikos Rescuer II to rendezvous with the 44 foot yacht Elin, sailing from Cape Town to Durban, with 3 male crew onboard, and their yacht adrift after suffering motor mechanical failure and requiring assistance into the Port of Durban.
We met them 3 nautical miles from Port and we towed their yacht into the Port of Durban without incident and no further assistance was required.
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