TABLE BAY PORT:
At 14h50 on Monday the 26th of March, NSRI Table Bay duty crew were activated by the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) to assist the yacht C-Gull, with motor mechanical failure, with 3 crew on board, requiring assistance to get from the temporary buoy in front of the Royal Cape Yacht Club (RCYC) to their berth at RCYC.
The casualty yacht had earlier been towed to the temporary buoy by a Catamaran and had then requested RCYC to send their safety boat to assist them to get to their berth but the safety boat was not immediately available and with wind strength increasing they requested the NSRI’s assistance.
The sea rescue craft Spirit of Day was launched and the yacht was safely assisted to her berth without incident.
Picture attached: By NSRI Table Bay. Spirit of Day assisting the yacht C-Gull to her berth.
Marc Rodgers, NSRI Plettenberg Bay station commander, said:
At 18h25 on Sunday the 26th of March, NSRI Plettenberg Bay duty crew launched the sea rescue craft Airlink Rescuer following eye-witness reports of a small river boat with 2 men on board being swept out through the Keurbooms River Mouth.
The sea rescue craft Ray Farnham was also launched and on arrival on scene, we found 2 men on a small river boat using paddles to negotiate the waves in the channel and already at the back-line breakers and just managing to keep their craft pointed into the waves to avoid capsizing.
They were taken under tow by the sea rescue craft Ray Farnham and towed to Central Beach where their boat was recovered and they required no further assistance.
They had been fishing near to the river mouth and after their motor failed they were sucked out through the mouth towards the open sea.
Another boat that had launched to assist the 2 men was stuck on a sand bank and our NSRI crews assisted them off and back through the river mouth and they required no further assistance.
Picture attached: By NSRI Plettenberg Bay. The 2 local men, aged in their early 20’s, with their small river boat that was swept through the river mouth.
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