Troubled yacht towed to Durban

2011-09-27 07:38
Durban - The 42-foot catamaran which reported it was in trouble off the KwaZulu-Natal south coast was being towed to Durban on Monday night, the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) said.

"NSRI Durban's sea rescue craft Eikos Rescuer II rendezvoused with the casualty yacht at 20:45," said NSRI spokesperson Craig Lambinon.

"A tow-line is rigged and the tow has begun," he said. The yacht was expected to arrive in Durban on Tuesday morning.

Earlier, rescue craft were searching for the Tholile after reports that three members of the six-person crew were severely dehydrated after prolonged seasickness. The crew, all from Durban, comprised five men and one women.

Rescuers believed the yacht had drifted far south as a result of a 25-knot south-easterly wind and was caught in the south-flowing Agulhas current. She had been drifting in a four-metre swell and had sprung a leak which the crew had stemmed.

Rescuers however had battled to find her, and it was thought her GPS system was faulty.

It appeared they had to re-boot their GPS to provide an accurate reading.

"Based on the reports from the yacht crew, they were no longer suffering from sea-sickness and had hydrated to alleviate the effects of dehydration," said Lambinon.

The yacht was eventually found by the NSRI Durban's sea rescue craft, which was towing her back to port.

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