Rob Fine, NSRI Mykonos duty controller, said:
At 01h35, Friday, 29th December, NSRI Mykonos duty crew were activated following a request for assistance from the yacht Hot Ice with 4 men and a woman onboard reporting to be aground on a sand bank in shallow water at Shark Bay, Langebaan Lagoon.
A private boat had already tried to tow the yacht off the sand bank but failed and then the alarm was raised.
The sea rescue craft Spirit of Surfski 5 was launched and on arrival on the scene the crew were found safe and attempts by our sea rescue craft to pull them off the sand bank into the main channel was unsuccessful in a low tide.
The crew, safe and in no danger, opted to remain with the yacht until the next high tide and at 10h00 we arrived back on the scene where the yacht was found still in the same place and in higher waters and, using our sea rescue craft Jacqueline to nudge her and our sea rescue craft Spirit of Surfski 5 to tow her, we were able to pull her back into the channel and she continued on her way requiring no further assistance.
Antoinette Le Roux, NSRI Shelly Beach deputy station commander, said:
At 14h40, Friday, 29th December, NSRI Shelly Beach duty crew were activated following reports from Shelly Beach Control of a jet-ski with no power at the Shelly Beach backline.
The sea rescue craft Spirit of Dawn was launched and the jet-ski, with a 34 year old man from Midrand, Gauteng, was taken aboard our sea rescue craft and we towed the jet-ski to shore without incident and no further assistance was required.
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