NSRI rescues boy, 4 fishermen and 4 crew members

2017-05-02 21:56

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Cape Town – The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) Yzerfontein duty crew rescued four fishermen on Tuesday after their boat experienced motor mechanical failure and threatened to drift onto the rocks while dragging its anchor on the south side of Dassen Island.

After the crew was alerted to the incident, they launched the sea rescue craft Rotary Onwards at 15:35, said Willem Lubbe, NSRI Yzerfontein station commander.
On arrival at the scene, the boat was towed to Yzerfontein harbour without incident and “once recovered no further assistance was required”.

The operation was completed at 17:55, said Lubbe.

On Monday, the NSRI Port Edward duty crew and rescue swimmers were dispatched to assist the police’s search and rescue unit at the Umtamvuna River Bridge after a mother and her 8-year-old son had reportedly gone over the bridge and into the water from unknown circumstances.

A police boat was launched, accompanied by NSRI rescue swimmers.  The child was recovered from the water alive and uninjured.

His mother’s body was recovered from the water, said John Nicholas, NSRI Port Edward station commander.

Police are investigating the incident, said Nicholas.

Also on Monday, the crew dispatched a sea rescue vehicle to respond to Jakkalsfontein after being activated at 08:35 following reports from a bystander suspecting a boat had capsized just outside of the backline.

On arrival on the scene, with dense fog descending, a search revealed no sign of a capsized boat. Other bystanders said they only saw a fishing trawler passing by the area earlier.

“After finding no sign of anyone or any boats in difficulty we suspect that this was a false alarm with good intentions,” he said.

Lubbe said they realised by Tuesday that no further assistance was required as there was still no information on any craft or persons overdue or missing.
The NSRI Gordons Bay on Monday assisted a boat off-shore of Die Poort with 4 crew members on board.

The boat, with mechanical motor failure, was towed safely to Gordons Bay harbour without incident, said Alan Meiklejohn, NSRI Gordons Bay station commander.

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