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Incidents in Durban, Kommetjie/ Hout Bay and Table Bay.

STATION 5, Durban:

Timothy Edwards, NSRI Durban duty coxswain, said:

At 10h27, Saturday, 29 August, NSRI Durban duty crew were activated by the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) following a request for assistance from a 5.1 meter fishing boat, with 3 local male crew onboard, reporting motor electrical failure in the Port of Durban at the Bayhead area.

Our sea rescue craft Spirit of Surfski 6 was launched and we located the casualty boat with her crew safe onboard.

A towline was rigged and we towed the casualty boat to the Neptune Angling Club where their boat was recovered onto her trailer and no further assistance was required.

The operation completed at 12h01.

STATION 8, Hout Bay & STATION 26, Kommetjie:

Geoff Stevens, NSRI Hout Bay station commander, said:

At 08h58, Monday, 31 August, NSRI Hout Bay duty crew were activated following reports of a fishing vessel that had her motor propellors caught in a fishing net 600 meters off-shore of Kommetjie, Sunset Beach, and the fishing vessel was drifting towards the beach.

NSRI Kommetjie sea rescue crew stood-by on the beach to monitor progress after a fellow fishing vessel took up a towline to the casualty vessel to hold her off-shore.

They were accompanied by a third fishing vessel on the scene.

NSRI Hout Bay duty crew launched the sea rescue craft Nadine Gordimer and Albie Matthews.

Telkom Maritime Radio Services assisted with VHF marine radio communications and MRCC (Maritime Rescue coordination Centre) were alerted.

While our NSRI sea rescue craft were responding to the scene it was confirmed that the net wrapped around the casualty vessels motor propellor had been freed and recovered and the casualty boat was under her own motor power and escorted by the 2 fellow fishing boats she was headed towards Hout Bay harbour and they were out of danger.

NSRI Hout Bay duty controllers and NSRI EOC (Emergency Operations Centre) monitored progress until they were safely in the harbour and no further assistance was required.

STATION 3, Table Bay:

Marc de Vos, NSRI Table Bay station commander, said:

At 11h20, Monday, 31 August, NSRI Table Bay duty crew were placed on alert to prepare to patient evacuate a crewman with a medical complaint from a bulk carrier motor vessel heading towards the Port of Table Bay from deep sea and the operation was expected to take place at midnight.

At 23h50 our duty crew launched the sea rescue craft Spirit of Vodacom accompanied by 2 WC Government Health EMS rescue paramedics and we rendezvoused with the vessel 8 nautical miles off-shore West of Green Point Lighthouse in 3 meter swells and a light wind.

An NSRI rescue swimmer was transferred onto the ship and the patient, secured into a safety line, was transferred from the ship onto our sea rescue craft.

In the care of the EMS rescue paramedics the 51 year old Turkish sailor was brought to our NSRI Table Bay sea rescue station aboard our sea rescue craft and in a stable condition he was transported to hospital by EMS ambulance for further medical care.

The operation was completed at 02h15.


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