STATEMENT BY NSRI:
At 12h15, Friday, 15th December, NSRI Shelly Beach duty crew were activated following a call from Shelly Beach Control reporting the 12 metre Mighty fishing charter boat suffering mechanical motor failure and at the backline off-shore of Shelly Beach with 10 crew onboard.
The sea rescue craft Spirit of Dawn was launched.
The charter boat Sosume assisted and took 4 crew off the casualty boat, bringing them safely ashore, the sea rescue craft Spirit of dawn took 4 crew off, bringing them safely ashore, and the skipper and his crewman remained onboard and the sea rescue craft Spirit of Sawn retuned to the casualty boat and with the skipper and a crewman remaining onboard NSRI towed the Mighty charter fishing boat ashore without incident.
The 8 crew that were taken off the casualty boat are from Gauteng and Newcastle and all adult males.
Following that operation NSRI Shelly Beach duty crew then launched a short while later at 14h25 to assist the recreational boat Predator with 3 male crew, from Johannesburg.
Their boat was suffering mechanical motor failure and they were at the backline off-shore of Shelly Beach.
NSRI Shelly Beach duty crew launched the sea rescue craft Spirit of Dawn and Shelly Spirit.
The local charter boat Sea Fishient took two of the casualty crew off and brought them safely ashore.
A tow-line was rigged from the sea rescue craft Spirit of Dawn and the sea rescue craft towed the casualty boat Predator to shore without incident and once safely ashore no further assistance was required.
All charter boats and Shelly Beach Control that assisted in the operations today are commended.