STATEMENT BY NSRI SHELLY BEACH DEPUTY STATION COMMANDER ANTOINETTE LE ROUX:
Only minutes after a rescue operation at Shelly Beach in the early hours of Friday morning was completed, NSRI Shelly Beach were again activated to assist the local boat Sasume suffering steering failure off-shore of Shelly Beach with 8 crew onboard.
Arrangements were made with various local charter boats to bring the 8 crew to shore.
One of the local boats assisting, C Freaks, took 5 persons off Sasume and the remaining 3 were taken off by the local boat Must Byt.
During this crew transfer C Freaks suffered a broken motor propeller and NSRI Shelly Beach were tasked to assist to bring a new motor propeller out to the boat once on the backline off Shelly Beach.
The sea rescue craft Shelly Spirit was launched and a new motor propeller was delivered and 2 females, 2 of the 5 crew who had been taken off Sasume by C Freaks, were brought back to the beach on the sea rescue craft.
The motor propeller could not be fitted to C Freaks and the sea rescue craft Shelly Spirit launched again to deliver a second motor propeller to C-Freaks.
In a very low Spring Tide there was not enough water in the Bay to perform a tow and local boats assisted and removed all the remaining 3 crew from C Freaks and C Freaks, with her skipper and an NSRI rescue swimmer who had been transferred onto C Freaks onboard, then motored ashore on her own power, with the second motor propeller fitted, without any further assistance.
Sasume, with her skipper onboard, remained off the breaker line until high tide allowed sufficient water along the shoreline for a tow effort.
NSRI Port Edward dispatched additional crew to NSRI Shelly Beach to man sea rescue craft.
Later, with high tide approaching, the sea rescue craft Spirit of Dawn was launched and NSRI towed Sasume in through the surf without incident (only the skipper of Sasume was onboard).
NSRI commend all of the local boats that assisted in this operation that went on throughout the morning.