STATEMENT BY NSRI SHELLY BEACH STATION COMMANDER JEREMIAH JACKSON:
At 13h55, Tuesday, 10th July, NSRI Shelly Beach duty crew were activated following reports from Shelly Beach Control of a local charter boat suffering motor mechanical failure off-shore of Shelly Beach.
Prior to arriving on the scene fellow charter boats assisted to transfer 4 passenger crew, from Johannesburg, from the casualty boat and they were brought safely ashore without incident and the skipper of the casualty boat brought his boat safely to shore on one motor without incident.
The local charter boats are commended for their assistance.
Then on Wednesday, 11th July, NSRI Shelly Beach duty crew were activated at 10h32, to reports of a local charter boat capsized in the surfline off-shore of Shelly Beach while launching on a pleasure cruise.
Our NSRI Shelly Beach duty crew responded and on arrival on the scene local boaters and Shelly Beach control, assisted by our NSRI crew and Tower 13 lifeguards, recovered all 8 crew of a local charter boat from small surf conditions and the casualty boat that had capsized in the surf break was recovered.
The 8 crew of the casualty boat, 2 crew members and 6 passengers, were medically assessed by NSRI medics, KZN Private Ambulance services and Med-Evac ambulance services paramedics and both crew and all 6 passengers were not injured.
NSRI commend the quick reaction of the local boating community, Shelly Beach Control, Tower 13 lifeguards and the ambulance services and for their assistance on the scene.
Then on Thursday, 12th July, at 13h03, NSRI Shelly Beach duty crew were placed on alert while an NSRI crewman investigated reports from Shelly Beach Control of a local charter boat suffering motor mechanical failure off-shore at the backline at Shelly Beach.
All passenger crew of the casualty boat were transferred onto the fellow charter boat Strike Fishing Charters that went to the assistance of the casualty boat and the crew passengers were brought ashore safely without incident and the casualty boat came safely ashore on one motor with the local skipper onboard and no further assistance was required.
Strike Fishing Charters are commended for their assistance.