Andre Barnard, NSRI Hermanus deputy station commander, said:
At 22h00, Sunday, 11 June, NSRI Hermanus duty crew responded to Hermanus New Harbour where the fishing boat Fred Marie was reported to be taking water at her moorings.
BS Divers, Commercial Diving School crew had noticed the moored boat hanging heavily to the starboard and on investigation they found the casualty boat unmanned with water filled in the fish holding tank from unknown causes.
The divers raised the alarm and on arrival on the scene NSRI borrowed a submersible water extrication pump from CCS Plant Tool Hire and water was pumped out of the hold.
The owners were contacted and a man tasked with looking after the boat in their absence arrived and an inspection of the engine room was carried out and while it appears that the boat has been saved from sinking the owners will investigate the cause of the water intake on Monday.
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