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Friday, 7 May 2021

10 fisherman assisted after their fishing trawler is holed - Paternoster

STATION 4, Mykonos - Nic Stevens, NSRI deputy station commander, said:

At 23h06, Thursday, 6 May, NSRI Mykonos duty crew were activated following a request for assistance from a fishing trawler, with 10 crew onboard, taking water after colliding with an unidentified source at sea off-shore of Paternoster.

The sea rescue craft Spirit of Surfski 5 was launched, accompanied by 2 water extrication pumps, and our NSRI rescue vehicle towed the sea rescue craft Spirit of Rotary - East London to St Helena Bay where she was launched.

VHF marine communications were assisted by Telkom Maritime Radio Services.

The vessel was reported to be underway and heading to their nearest harbour at St Helena Bay but still taking on water.

We rendezvoused with the fishing trawler 5 nautical miles off-shore and NSRI rescue swimmers and the 2 water extrication pumps were transferred onto the fishing trawler.

The water extrication pumps were positioned and water was pumped free of the vessel which has a hole in her bow after striking an unidentified source while underway at sea.

Our sea rescue craft Spirit of Rotary - East London rendezvoused with the casualty and with our Spirit of surfski 5 3 nautical miles off-shore.

During the operation the sea rescue craft Spirit of Rotary - East London was dispatched to collect additional fuel for the water extrication pumps at St Helena Bay and that fuel was successfully transferred onto the casualty vessel and the water extrication pumps continued to operate until the vessel was brought into St Helena Bay harbour.

During the early hours of Friday morning the casualty vessel was brought safely to St Helena Bay harbour and moored.

No one was injured and once safely moored, with all 10 crew accounted for and safely ashore, no further assistance was required.

Our NSRI crews returned to our NSRI Mykonos base at 05h00.


The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) is the charity organisation that saves lives on South African waters – both coastal and inland. Our goal is to prevent drowning through rescue operations, education and prevention initiatives.

Operating from base stations along the SA coastline, and on inland dams, our rescue volunteers are on call, at all hours, every day of the year. Our rescue crew receives no payment and neither do we charge the people we rescue.

We visit schools around the country, teaching children about water safety. Our drowning prevention measures include our online training academy, with free courses for crew and the public, emergency signage, Pink Rescue Buoys for emergency flotation, rescue swimmers, lifeguards, and active patrols during peak seasons.

Our organisation is totally reliant on donations and sponsorships. This enables us to do the work of saving lives, changing lives, and creating futures.

You can do your bit to assist. Please visit for more information.

SEA RESCUE EMERGENCY: 112 or 087 094 9774

Released by:

Craig Lambinon


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