Stephen Slade, NSRI Port Alfred station commander, said: At 16h05, Sunday, 23rd July, NSRI Port Alfred duty crew were activated following a request for assistance from the boat C2 C2 with 4 local male crew onboard reporting motor mechanical failure off-shore of the Kowie River Mouth and requiring assistance to get into the harbour.
The sea rescue craft Rescue 11 Alpha was launched accompanied by a boat motor mechanic and on arrival on the scene the motor was not able to be repaired at sea.
Efforts to tow the boat in through the Kowie River Mouth were not feasible in the heavy swells and under darkness and the casualty boat was safely anchored and we took the 4 men to the harbour aboard our sea rescue craft.
They returned on Monday afternoon with boat motor repairmen and they made their own arrangements to have their boat towed in and they are handling repairs to her motors.
Alan Meiklejohn, NSRI Gordons Bay station commander, said: At 11h01, Wednesday, 26th July, NSRI Gordons Bay duty crew were activated following a request for assistance from the 14 meter boat Visstok, with 4 male crew onboard, reporting their boat trapped on a sand bank at the Gordons Bay Harbour exit.
We dispatched our crew and our sea rescue vehicle and GB Med Security ambulance services responded.
On arrival on the scene we found the boat hard aground wedged on a sand bank at low tide.
NSRI Simonstown duty crew were activated and their deep-sea sea rescue craft Spirit of Safmarine III was launched.
An NSRI Gordons Bay rescue swimmer was put aboard the casualty boat and using our sea rescue vehicles winch we were able to rig a line to the boat and our sea rescue crew assisted by GB Med Security paramedics we were able to use the incoming waves and the rope and winch to dislodge the boat from the sand bank and the boat was brought safely into the harbour and moored.
NSRI Simonstown returned to base.
Once the boat was safely moored no further assistance was required.
A rope being rigged from the harbour wall to the casualty boat.
NSRI Gordons Bay crew assisted by GB Med paramedics preparing the rope and rigging on the harbour wall.
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