NSRI assists beached yacht

2013-08-12 11:32
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Durban - A German sailor and his crew mate, making their way from Durban to Maputo last week, needed the help of the NSRI after a steering malfunction led to their yacht being beached.

Peter Gertig, 70, was sailing the SY Lundi Star on Thursday when he encountered problems between Amatikulu and Mtunzini, south of Richards Bay.

Speaking to The Witness, he said after sailing for about 18 hours he began to feel weary - his friend had been incapacitated by sea sickness and had been unable to help. He enabled the auto pilot function on the steering wheel and took a nap.

He said he was awoken by a strange noise and noticed that the coast was very close - he tried to steer the boat towards the ocean, but was too late.

He then called for assistance from the NSRI.

NSRI spokesperson Craig Lambinon said the Richards Bay volunteer sea rescue duty crew were activated following the urgent request for assistance from the 42 foot yacht SY Lundi Star.

KZN Wildlife rangers also responded to the call.

“On arrival on-scene the yacht was found on the beach in the surf and the man and woman onboard safe and not injured,” Lambinon.

At high tide the yacht was pulled off the beach by the sea rescue craft and towed to Richards Bay.

Gertig, who has been sailing for 40 years, told The Witness it was his first bad incident and he was terrified that his boat was going to be buried in the sand.

“I was scared that if that happened my boat would never come free again,” he added.

“I got lucky.”

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