Andre Fletcher, NSRI Durban deputy station commander, said:
At 11h09, Tuesday, 01 May, NSRI Durban duty crew were activated by the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) following a request for assistance from Police Search and Rescue. A body was reportedly floating in the water a nautical mile from the Port of Durban Port entrance.
The sea rescue craft Megan II was launched, accompanied by Police Search and Rescue officers.
On arrival on the scene the body of an adult male was recovered onto our sea rescue craft by Police divers. The body has been brought to our sea rescue base and taken into the care of the Forensic Pathology Services.
An inquest docket is opened by Police.
Quentin Power, NSRI Ballito station commander, said:
At 09h48, Tuesday, 01 May, NSRI Ballito duty crew were activated following a request for assistance from a fisherman on a jet-ski reporting his motor fouled by rope off-shore of the Umhali river mouth. It appears that rope floating in the water had fouled his jet-ski Surf Rider’s impeller.
2 surfers had paddled out to the fisherman on his jet-ski and they stood by the man until our arrival.
We responded to the scene towing our sea rescue craft Remax Rescuer and our jet-ski SRU Rescue 1. We launched and on arrival at the casualty jet-ski we found the fisherman safe and rope tightly fouled the jet-ski’s impeller causing motor mechanical failure.
We thanked the 2 surfers for their assistance. The casualty jet-ski was taken under tow by our Remax Rescuer and the fisherman was transported to shore aboard our SRU Rescue 1 negotiating sand banks exposed by the Spring low tide.
Once safely ashore we assisted with the recovery of the jet-ski and no further assistance was required.
Lyall Pringle, NSRI Hout Bay station commander, said:
At 16h52, Tuesday, 01 May, NSRI Hout Bay duty crew were activated following a request for assistance from the 26 foot yacht Maverick with 2 men onboard, aged 43 and 72, reporting motor mechanical failure, sailing from Port Own to Gordons Bay. In windless conditions, they had been on motor power since Langebaan and their motor overheated and had failed off Hout Bay.
NSRI Hout Bay launched the sea rescue craft Nadine Gordimer and NSRI Kommetjie launched the sea rescue craft Spirit of the Vines.
On arrival on the scene NSRI Kommetjie rescue crew were put onboard the yacht to assist the 2 men and a towline was rigged. Without incident they were towed into Hout Bay harbour and moored at the Hout Bay Yacht Club moorings and assisted by Hout Bay Yacht Club members. No further NSRI assistance was required.