The sea rescue craft Eikos Rescuer II was launched into a 40 knot wind, gusting to to 45 knots, and a rough sea state of 4 to 5 meter swells.
The yacht was located approximately 3 nautical miles South of of the Port of Durban and the local skipper was comfortably sailing the yacht using a storm Jib but in the strong North Easterly wind he would not reach the harbour entrance and make the turn safely into port.
In challenging conditions a tow line was secured to the casualty yacht which was towed by our sea rescue craft to Port at 3 knots and safely delivered to her moorings and requiring no further assistance.
The operation was completed at 16h00.
At 14h20, Sunday, 04th October, NSRI Durban were alerted to reports of a man missing in the surf at La Lucia Beach, Umhlanga.
Umhlanga lifeguards were alerted and a search for a man missing in the surf commenced.
Umhlanga lifeguards and emergency services conducted an extensive search but no sign of a man, believed to be aged 25, who reportedly went missing in the surf while swimming, has been found.