Lyall Pringle, NSRI Hout Bay station commander, said:
At 06h13, Friday, 01 February, NSRI Station 8 Hout Bay duty crew were activated by the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) following a call to NSRI Hout Bay from a family living aboard their yacht in the Hout Bay Yacht Club Marina reporting a fishing trawler broken away from her mooring in Hout Bay harbour inside of the North Mole Quay and at risk of bumping into their yacht and at risk of bumping into other yachts.
Our sea rescue craft Nadine Gordimer was launched and our NSRI rescue vehicle responded to the quayside.
On arrival on the scene we found the fishing trawler still attached to her mooring by the stern line but the bow line had broken free and the fishing trawler bow adrift in the 40 knot East South Easterly winds and at risk of bumping into boats.
Attempts were made to contact the owners of the fishing trawler and lines were attached from the sea rescue craft to the trawler.
A tractor was provided by the Hout Bay Boatyard and lines were attached from the tractor to the trawler and between the sea rescue craft pulling on the one side of the trawler and the tractor pulling on the other side of the trawler we were able to manoeuvre her back to her moorings where she was secured, No damage was caused and no further assistance was required.