Darren Zimmerman, NSRI Simon’s Town station commander, said:
At 16h59, Monday, 23rd October, NSRI Simon,s Town duty crew were activated following a request for assistance from family members reporting that the 25 foot boat Penny Lover was overdue and family were unable to reach them but family were aware that the boat may have been experiencing steering problems when she had launched earlier in the day and family suspected that their may be a problem.
NSRI Simon’s Town had attempted to raise Penny Lover by tracking, cellphone and by VHF radio but after these attempts failed NSRI Simon’s Town duty crew were activated to begin a search suspecting that Penny Lover and her crew may be in trouble.
NSRI Strandfontein duty crew were also activated.
The NSRI Simon’s Town sea rescue craft Spirit of Surf-ski II was launched and we searched towards Millers Point finding the boat, with 8 crew onboard, from Klipheuwel, adrift and attempting to make repairs to their motor about a nautical mile off-shore of Millers Point.
We rafted alongside the casualty boat and assisted them to Millers Point slip-way where the casualty boat was recovered and no further assistance was required.
NSRI Strandfontein were stood down.
TO REPORT A SEA RESCUE EMERGENCY DIAL 112 FROM A CELLPHONE