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NSRI Vaal Dam duty crew were activated following reports from the SAS (South African Sailing) safety craft reporting a Trimaran capsized in strong winds with 3 crew onboard near to Hawaii Island during a sailing regatta. Also, the NSRI Richards Bay duty crew were activated by the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) following a request to assist a French yacht into the Port of Richards Bay.


Jake Manten, NSRI Vaal Dam station commander, said:

We launched our NSRI rescue craft Spirit of Round Table and on the arrival at the capsized vessel the 3 crew, a man, his wife and their female friend were all accounted for with no injuries.

A tow line was established from our rescue craft and we righted the vessel and then towed her to Stillbaai Yacht Club without incident where the vessel was pumped free of water and recovered onto her trailer.

No further assistance was required

At 16h55, Sunday, 7 November, NSRI Vaal Dam duty crew were activated following reports of a Bass fishing craft appearing to be taking on water with 2 local crewmen onboard near to Groot Island.

The NSRI rescue craft Spirit of Round Table was launched and on arrival on the scene, we found the casualty craft semi-submerged.

The 2 casualty crew were recovered onto our rescue craft and they were not injured.

A towline was established and we towed the casualty craft to our NSRI rescue base at Deneysville where the casualty craft was recovered onto her trailer.

No further assistance was required.

While the operation for the casualty Bass fishing craft was still in progress we received a second call, at 16h45, of a Hullcat sailing Catamaran capsized close to Beacon Island with 3 crew onboard.

Our NSRI rescue crew launched the Manten Marina work vessel Lion Heart and responded to the scene.

On arrival on the scene, our rescue crew recovered all 3 casualty crew onto Lion Heart. They were not injured and they were brought safely to shore.

By that stage, the NSRI rescue craft Spirit of Round Table had completed the tow of the Bass fishing craft and she proceeded to the scene of the casualty Catamaran.

A towline was established and the casualty Catamaran was towed to the day visitors grounds at Deneysville and recovered without incident.

No further assistance was required

Our NSRI Vaal Dam crew are commended for their swift response to these incidents.


Jacques Kruger, NSRI Richards Bay duty coxswain, said:

The operation was completed without incident and no further assistance was required.

On Thursday, 4 November, NSRI Richards Bay duty crew, accompanied by Netcare 911 rescue paramedics, responded to patient evacuate an injured seaman from a motor vessel.

The patient, suffering an injury, was brought to shore in a stable condition, without incident, aboard the NSRI sea rescue craft and he was transported to hospital by Netcare 911 for further care.

On Saturday, 6 November, NSRI Richards Bay duty crew assisted Police Search and Rescue with a search at Mzingazi where a 16-year-old male went missing in a reported drowning accident late afternoon on Wednesday at a barely accessible remote location.

Despite the ongoing search no sign of the teenager has been found and Police Search and Rescue are continuing in a search.

On Saturday afternoon, 6 November, NSRI Richards Bay duty crew responded to Bay Hall following a drowning accident.

Paramedics from Mounties ambulance services, assisted by NSRI medics and by Richards Bay Municipal lifeguards, conducted extensive CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) efforts on a 26-year-old local man but sadly, despite extensive efforts to resuscitate the man, he was declared deceased by paramedics.

The body of the man was taken into the care of Government Health Forensic Pathology Services and Police have opened an inquest docket.

On Monday, 8 November, at around 10h30, at the request of Transnet National Ports Authority, NSRI dispatched a sea rescue craft to investigate a small sailing craft with no motor that a fishing vessel had come across.

On arrival on the scene a French sailor, last Port of call Reunion Island was under the tow of a Boss Marine vessel.

NSRI took over the tow and we towed the sailing craft with the solo sailor into Port without incident.

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