Quentin Botha, NSRI Table Bay station commander, said:
At 15h55, Saturday, 10th June, NSRI Table Bay duty crew were activated by the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) following a request for assistance from the 10.7 meter local yacht Love Affair, with 4 local crew onboard, sailing in Table Bay, reporting their rudder fallen off off-shore of Whale Rock near to Robben Island.
The sea rescue craft Spirit of Vodacom was launched and on arrival on the scene our crew found the casualty yacht and her crew safe and adrift without a rudder.
A tow-line was rigged and we towed the yacht without incident to Table Bay Port where once safely moored at the Royal Cape Yacht Club no further assistance was required.
It is unknown what caused the rudder to fall off and the owner will investigate and make repairs.
Picture attached: By NSRI Table Bay. The casualty yacht Love Affair being towed by the NSRI sea rescue craft Spirit of Vodacom towards the Port of Table Bay.
Then at 21h30 the NSRI Table Bay duty crew were activated by TNPA following reports from the V&A Waterfront Security of a man fallen into the water at Colliers Jetty, V&A Waterfront, Table Bay Port.
NSRI rescue swimmers responded directly to the scene and the sea rescue craft Spirit of Day was launched and Generic Paramedics, Community Medics, ER24 ambulance services, Life Healthcare Paramedics, WC Government Health EMS rescue and ambulance, Cape Town Fire and Rescue Services rescue dive unit, the Police Dive Unit and the SA Police Services responded.
On arrival on the scene it was confirmed that an unidentified man, believed to be aged in his late 20’s or early 30’s, believed to be a local man, had disappeared under water after reportedly slipping off a moored boat into the water while boarding the boat from the jetty.
No sign of the man could be found during a surface water search in the vicinity.
Police divers and Cape Town Fire and Rescue Services rescue divers supported by EMS Rescue Squad rescue divers, conducted a scuba dive search and the body of the man was located and recovered from under water and paramedics declared the man deceased.
Police have opened an inquest docket and the body of the man has been taken into the care of the Forensic Pathology Services.
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