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JACOBSBAAI:A search was conducted after red distress flares were sighted off-shore of Jacobsbaai.Cedric Brown, NSRI Mykonos duty coxswain, said:At 02h04, Sunday, 27 September, NSRI Mykonos duty crew were activated and we launched the sea rescue craft Spirit of Surfski 5 to search off-shore of Jacobsbaai following reports from a local security guard who had spotted 2 red distress flares out at sea.TNPA (Transnet National Ports Authority) had received the call and alerted NSRI.Despite an extensive sea and shoreline search at Jacobsbaai lasting until 04h30 no sign of any persons in any distress was found.Telkom Maritime Radio Services broadcast an all ships alert but there were no further reports of any red distress flare activations and there remains no persons or boats overdue that may relate to this case.The reasons for the red distress flares being activated remains unknown.LANGEBAAN LAGOON:A boat was assisted at Langebaan Lagoon.Nick Stevens, NSRI Mykonos duty coxswain, said:At 13h19, during a routine training exercise, our sea rescue craft Spirit of Surfski 5 was diverted to assist a RHIB (Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat) with 2 local men onboard the casualty craft reporting engine failure off-shore of Calypso on Langebaan Lagoon and they reported to be drifting ashore.On arrival on the scene we found the casualty craft had beached and the 2 men were safe and not injured.We assisted to refloat the casualty craft and we towed the casualty craft to the Mykonos marina.Our sea rescue vehicle was dispatched to fetch the 2 men from the beach.We assisted them to recover their craft onto her trailer and no further assistance was required.SHELLY BEACH:A local boat with engine failure has been assisted.Ruahn Beattie, NSRI Shelly Beach duty coxswain, said:We received a call at 13h18, Sunday, 27 September, from Shelly Control reporting a vessel suffering engine failure at the backline off-shore of the Shelly Beach Sonny Evans Small Craft Harbour launch site.Our duty crew were activated and we launched the sea rescue craft Spirit of Dawn.On arrival on the scene we found that the vessel had no engine power and was unable to make her way back to the beach.A towline was established and we took the vessel under tow and beached her without incident and no further assistance was required.STRAND:A local boat with engine failure has been assisted.Alan Meiklejohn, NSRI Gordons Bay station commander, said:At 13h42, Sunday, 27 September, NSRI Gordons Bay duty crew were activated following a request for assistance from locals on a boat reporting engine failure off-shore of Strand Beach.The sea rescue craft Spirit of Surfski and our NSRI jet-rib Rescue 9 Bravo were launched.On arrival on the scene an NSRI rescue swimmer was transferred onto the casualty boat and he was able to re-start their outboard motor.The casualty boat was escorted by our NSRI sea rescue craft to Harbour Island under her own motor power where their boat was recovered and they required no further assistance.VAAL DAM:A family were assisted on their sailing yacht after their mast collapsed.Jake Manten, NSRI Vaal Dam station commander, said:At 15h47, Friday, 25 September, NSRI Vaal Dam duty crew were activated following a Mayday distress call from a Johannesburg family, 3 adults and 2 children, on a 34 foot sailing vessel, on the Vaal Marina side of the Vaal Dam, reporting a snapped forestay that caused their mast to partially collapse.Our NSRI rescue craft Harvey's Fibreglass was launched and on arrival on the scene 2 NSRI rescue swimmers were transferred onto the yacht.Some of the yacht crew suffered minor injuries but no medical attention was immediately required.Our rescue swimmers assisted to gather the sails and to stabilise the loose and heaving mast.Once secured on deck we escorted the yacht which made her way under her motor power to the Vaal Marina where once she was safely at her moorings our NSRI crew rigged ropes and supporting strops and we winched and secured their mast back into place.They required no further assistance and the operation was completed at 18h15.
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