NSRI alert a false alarm

2015-07-11 13:36

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Cape Town - The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) Gordons Bay was placed on high alert on Friday evening after receiving a report that shouts for help were heard in the direction of Bikini Beach. 

Anton Prinsloo, NSRI Gordons Bay station commander, said in a statement they received the call at 18:47. "We were placed on alert to investigate a report from a local resident claiming that he had been told by a passer-by that the man had heard shouts for help coming from off-shore in the direction of Bikini Beach, Gordons Bay.

"An investigation by our sea rescue shore crew who had responded to the scene found no sign of anyone or any boat in any danger and as a precautionary measure the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) were requested to activate the duty crew who launched the sea rescue craft Spirit of Surf-Ski.

"But a search of the area revealed no sign of any boat or persons in difficulty and with no reports to Police of anyone overdue or missing it remains suspected that this may have been a false alarm with good intentions although the origins of a person or people shouting for help remains a mystery."

In Richards Bay, the duty crew were placed on high alert by TNPA on Friday just after 19:00 together with the NSRI, Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre  and Telkom Maritime Radio Services, to monitor the progress of a damaged 30 foot Wild Cat Catamaran Wasabi, sailing from Mozambique to Richards Bay.

On board was five crew - a skipper, the owner, his wife and their two children.

Mike Patterson, NSRI Richards Bay deputy station commander, said the yacht had suffered damage during a storm off-shore of Ponta Do Oro, Mozambique.

"They had anchored to repair the damage and with the make-shift repairs appearing to hold their Catamaran together they were limping towards Richards Bay. But satisfied that at this early stage they were making good headway on reduced sails, the NSRI Richards Bay remained on full alert to assist.

"MRCC and Telkom Maritime Radio Services will keep an hourly watch contact with the yacht through the night by VHF radio and by cellphone.

"At around 21h00 they were approximately 2.6 nautical miles off-shore of Dogs Leg which is about 30 nautical miles South of Ponto Do Oro."

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