At 06h10, Saturday, 16th February, NSRI Station 4 Mykonos duty crew were activated following reports of a fishing trawler taking water 20 nautical miles out to sea.
While NSRI crew were responding to the sea rescue base to prepare to launch sea rescue craft TNPA (Transnet National Ports Authority) confirmed that all crew of the fishing trawler had abandoned ship and were all on fellow fishing boats that had gone to their assistance and all crew were reported to be accounted for with no injuries and the trawler had sunk and no further assistance was required.
The casualty crew were to be brought to shore aboard the fishing trawlers that had assisted on the scene.
Andre Fletcher, NSRI Durban station commander, said:
At 08h50, Saturday, 16th February, NSRI Station 5 Durban duty crew were activated by the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) following a request for assistance from 4 men on a rubber-duck reporting motor mechanical failure 4 nautical miles off-shore of the Durban Port.
The sea rescue craft Megan II was launched and following a brief search the rubber-duck was located and we towed them to Vetchies Beach without incident where their craft was recovered and no further assistance was required.