Willem Lubbe, NSRI Yzerfontein station commander, said:
On Thursday 21 February at 21h25 NSRI Station 34 Yzerfontein duty crew were activated by the TNPA (Transnet National Ports Authority) following a request for assistance from 2 local men whose yacht had drifted onto rocks at Dassen Island.
The sea rescue craft Rotary Onwards was launched and on arrival on the scene we found the yacht at Waterloo Bay on the rocks.
The 2 crew were safe and on the rocks using handheld VHF radio to confirm to NSRI that they are safe and not injured.
Our sea rescue craft Sonja was also launched to assist in the operation.
With the help of the local resident on Dassen Island space blankets and blankets were supplied to the 2 crewmen.
One of the casualty crew was transferred onto a sea rescue craft and the yacht was pulled off the rocks by NSRI and towed to Huisbaai, Dassen Island, and anchored.
It appears they may have sustained rudder damage that may have contributed to the yacht drifting onto rocks. At the time no damage to the yacht was detected from its drifting onto the rocks.
Once safely anchored at Huisbaai the 2 men remained on Dassen Island and they have arranged a salvage tow to Cape Town on Friday and they required no further NSRI assistance.
NSRI commend the assistance of the resident on Dassen Island.
The operation was completed at 02h25.
Andre Fraser, NSRI Mossel Bay station commander, said:
At 12h50, Friday, 22nd February, NSRI Mossel Bay duty crew were placed on alert following reports from MRCC of a 189 meter bulk carrier requiring a patient evacuation of a Ukranian adult crewman suffering chest pains.
The ship was requested to head towards Mossel Bay and once in the Bay, off-shore of the Mossel bay harbour, NSRI launched the sea rescue craft Rescue 15 and St Blaize Rescuer accompanied by By Grace ambulance services paramedics.
We rendezvoused with the ship off-shore of Mossel Bay harbour and the paramedic and an NSRI rescue swimmer were transferred onto the ship and the patient was found to be in a stable condition, walking wounded, and he was transferred onto the sea rescue craft and brought to shore and he has been transported to hospital by By Grace ambulance for further medical care.
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