A 28-foot sailing yacht heading towards Simon’s Town’s False Bay Yacht Club (FCYB) from the Southern Cape experienced an engine failure on Sunday,17 April.
According to NSRI, the yacht was heading towards Knysna but after experiencing engine failure along the Southern Cape coastline they decided to turn around and head back to FBYC.
“FBYC alerted NSRI Simonstown and it was established that the yacht would reach Simonstown nearer to midnight and they would need assistance to get into the harbour,” they said.
They added that the duty crew was activated to prepare to launch the sea rescue craft Spirit of Surfski II with the yacht reporting to be entering False Bay and making good headway.
“Spirit of Surfski II rendezvoused with the yacht just off-shore of Simonstown where we rafted alongside the yacht and manoeuvred her into the harbour and safely to a berth without incident and no further assistance was required. The operation completed at 23h03,” they said.
Meanwhile, in Plattenbergbay, the NSRI team was activated following reports of two men kayaking who got into difficulty off-shore of Natures Valley. On arrival at the scene, the team found the two casualties, males, to be safely ashore and not injured and their kayak washed ashore.
They were both washed ashore together with their kayak in a set of waves after they were separated from their kayak at the backline.
In Kleinmond, on Saturday morning, the NSRI team was alerted to eye-witness reports of a double kayak being blown off-shore at Pringle Bay. The team in Gordon’s Bay was also alerted to the incident.
“At 10h42 NSRI Kleinmond were alerted by the SA Police Services that they had eyes on the kayak where a private boat, Black Pearl, had diverted to assist the kayakers. Black Pearl had rescued both kayakers and recovered their kayak. Police monitored Black Pearl until she was safely ashore and the kayakers required no further assistance,” they said.