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At 19h45, Wednesday, 18 August, NSRI Table Bay duty crew were activated by the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) requesting assistance for a local yacht, with a father and his son onboard, in Duncan Dock with their motor that was fouled in floating debris.

Tome Mendes, NSRI Table Bay duty coxswain, said:

Following an afternoon yacht regatta the yachts outboard motor fouled in floating debris on entering the Port of Table Bay and the yacht had rafted alongside a Container Motor Vessel that was moored at Duncan Dock, with the assistance of ropes provided by the crew of the Container Motor Vessel, after earlier attempts by a private boat to tow the yacht to Royal Cape Yacht Club (RCYC) were unsuccessful.

The sea rescue craft Spirit of Vodacom was launched and NSRI shore crew responded to RCYC in our NSRI rescue vehicle.

On arrival on the scene, in 20 to 25 knot South Easterly winds, a towline was established and we towed the yacht to her berth at RCYC without incident.

Our shore crew assisted to secure the yacht and once safely berthed no further assistance was required.

NSRI commend the crew of the Container Motor Vessel who provided shelter to the yacht until NSRI arrived.

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