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BALLITO:Quentin Power, NSRI Ballito station commander, said:At 09h36, Saturday, 18th May, NSRI Ballito duty crew were activated following a request for assistance from a local father and son reporting motor failure on their inflatable boat 1 nautical mile off-shore of the Ballito tidal pool.Our sea rescue craft Waverunner jetski was towed to the scene where we found they had attempted to navigate to shore and during the attempt their craft got stuck on a sand bank.We launched our sea rescue craft and on arrival on the scene a rescue swimmer was deployed into the surf and secured a towline to the casualty craft and we towed them off the sand bank and safely to shore where no further assistance was required.WITSAND:Hugo La Grange, NSRI Witsand duty controller, said:At 20h12, Tuesday, 21st May, NSRI Witsand duty crew were activated following a request for assistance from a local skipper reporting his 19 foot cabin boat aground on a sand bank at the Infanta side of the Breede River opposite The Kraaltjie.Three men onboard the boat had been fishing when at low tide they had stranded on a sand bank.The sea rescue craft Breede Rescuer was launched and on arrival on the scene 2 NSRI rescue swimmer were deployed into the water and they secured a towline to the casualty craft.The 2 rescue swimmers were recovered and we towed the casualty craft off the sand bank and under their own motor power we escorted them to the harbour at the lodge where additional NSRI crew were standing by and we assisted them to moor their boat and no further assistance was required.RICHARDS BAY:Jacques Kruger, NSRI Richards Bay duty coxswain, said:At 12h02, Wednesday, 22nd May, NSRI Richards Bay duty crew were activated following a request for assistance from crew on a local yacht reporting to have run aground on a sand bank at Pelican Island at low tide.The sea rescue craft Spirit of Richards Bay was launched and on arrival on the scene we found the yacht listing and hard aground on a sand bank.An NSRI rescue swimmer was deployed into the surf and a towline was secured to the yacht.Aided by an incoming tide we towed them off the sand bank and into deeper water where they were able to start their motor and under their own motor power they motored to their berth at the yacht club and safely moored and no further assistance was required. TO REPORT A SEA RESCUE EMERGENCY DIAL 112 FROM A CELLPHONE
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