Yacht sinks in Saldanha Bay

2013-04-17 19:31

Johannesburg - A yacht that broke from its mooring has sunk in Saldanha Bay, the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) said on Wednesday.

The Kalimba then washed up on rocks on Tuesday evening, NSRI spokesperson Craig Lambinon said. There was nobody on board at the time.

A swimmer was sent onto the stricken yacht to help with the rescue.

"The weather conditions, location of the yacht and the fact that she had taken on water made it impossible for the NSRI sea rescue craft to free her alone," Lambinon said.

The Transnet National Ports Authority provided help.

"On the pilot vessel's second attempt to pull the yacht off the rocks, the yacht was freed and taken under tow."

It was berthed at a refuelling jetty.

"Unfortunately, due to the extensive damage, Kalimba sank whilst alongside the jetty.

Currently a team of divers, along with the team at Yachtport SA, are attempting to refloat her," Lambinon said.