Quentin Power, NSRI Ballito station commander, said:
At approximately 13h15, Saturday, 16th June, NSRI Ballito duty crew were activated following a request for assistance from the crew aboard the Durban ski-boat Punisher reporting motor mechanical failure to both outboard motors 2 nautical miles off-shore of the Zimbali Coastal Resort.
The casualty boat had launched earlier in the day from Durban to go fishing.
As a precaution NSRI Durban duty crew were also placed on alert.
Our NSRI Ballito duty crew towed our sea rescue craft SRU Rescue 1 and Remax Rescuer to the Salmon Bay launch site.
The sea rescue craft SRU Rescue 1 was launched, with NSRI coxswains Brendon Power and Chris Rawlings onboard, carrying some mechanical tools and carrying outboard boat motor spare parts with them, and they rendezvoused with the casualty boat finding the crew of the casualty boat safe and adrift at sea with both of the casualty craft outboard motors not operational.
Our NSRI coxswains Brendon and Chris, assisted by the crew of the casualty boat, using the tools and the spare parts, were able to mechanically repair the casualty boats motors at sea and once both motors were operational the casualty boat headed back to Durban.
NSRI Ballito and NSRI Durban monitored the casualty boats progress and once the casualty boat was safely beached and recovered at their original launch site in Durban no further assistance was required.
TO REPORT A SEA RESCUE EMERGENCY DIAL 112 FROM A CELLPHONE