Jonathan Kellerman, NSRI Durban station commander, said:
At 12h00, Sunday, 19 July, NSRI Durban duty crew were activated following a request for assistance from a local yacht reporting mechanical failure and needing assistance to get into Port.
Our duty crew on the sea rescue craft Alick Rennie and the sea rescue craft Spirit of Surfski 6 were diverted from routine training to assist.
On arrival at the yacht with her 3 crew onboard, 1 nautical miles off-shore of the Port of Durban, we found the yacht crew safe.
A towline was rigged from the sea rescue craft Alick Rennie and the yacht was towed into the Port of Durban.
Once in the Port the towline was taken over by the sea rescue craft Spirit of Surfski 6 and we towed them to her moorings at the Yacht Marina without incident and once safely moored no further assistance was required.
A second yacht, with 6 crew onboard, then also requested assistance to reach her moorings after her engine stuck in gear preventing her crew from using her motor.
We towed that yacht to her mooring and once safely moored no further assistance was required.
While our sea rescue craft was returning to base a third yacht broke away from her moorings at the Yacht Marina and our sea rescue craft diverted to assist that yacht and she was towed and moored safely without incident and no further assistance was required.