Justin Erasmus, NSRI Port Elizabeth deputy station commander, said:
At 16h00, Tuesday, 05 March, NSRI Port Elizabeth duty crew were placed on alert following reports from a fishing trawler at fishing grounds 30 nautical miles off-shore of Port Elizabeth of a 46 year old Cape Town fisherman onboard sustained shark bite lacerations to his Left forearm and Left upper arm during attempts to release an approximately 2.5 meter shark that had been caught in their fishing nets and had been hauled aboard the fishing trawler.
The shark was successfully released and the alarm was raised and the trawler began heading towards Port Elizabeth.
In rough sea conditions, once closer to the Port of Port Elizabeth, we launched our sea rescue craft Spirit of Toft accompanied by an EC Government Health EMS rescue paramedic and rendezvoused with the trawler 4 nautical miles South of our sea rescue station.
An NSRI rescue swimmer was transferred onto the trawler and the fisherman, in a stable condition, walking wounded, and bandaged by his crew, was transferred onto our sea rescue craft and medical treatment by the EMS rescue paramedic was initiated.
He was brought to shore and he has been transported to hospital by EMS ambulance in a stable condition for further treatment.
Roy Wienand, NSRI Durban duty coxswain, said:
At 17h45, Tuesday, 05 March, NSRI Durban duty crew were activated by the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) following a request for assistance from an approximately 12 meter local yacht with 2 local men onboard drifted and beached on shallow sand banks near to the Port channel.
The sea rescue craft Eikos Rescuer II was launched and finding the yacht beached in an outgoing tide and keeling over against the tide a towline was rigged and we pull the yacht to deeper water and then towed her safely into Port to her moorings where she was moored and no further assistance was required.
It appears the yacht had suffered motor failure as she entered Port causing her to gently drift onto shallow sand banks and ground.