On Friday afternoon at 16h11 NSRI Simonstown launched NSRI rescue craft Spirit of Safmarine III following a request for assistance from the fishing trawler Alma Lucie, with 10 crew on-board, experiencing engine failure, off-shore of Cape Point and requiring a tow to Port.
Darren Zimmerman, NSRI Simonstown station commander said that in calm seas the trawler was towed safely to Simonstown where repairs will be carried out. Darren said that the trawlers crew were in no imminent danger and the routine operation was carried out without a hitch.
On Saturday afternoon at 15h26 NSRI Simonstown launched Spirit of Safmarine III to assist a rubber-duck, with 4 people on-board, experiencing mechanical problems off-shore of Millers Point. The boat and crew were assisted to Simonstown harbour where they required no further assistance.
At 17h06 The NSRI Simonstown crew responded to St James where an eye-witness suspected a surf-skier to be in difficulty, 1 nautical mile off-shore. The surf-skier was seen drifting while lying down on his surf-ski.
Darren said that on arrival on-scene the surf-skier explained that he was in no difficulty but was taking a break during training.
The eye-witness is commended for having the presence of mind to alert the NSRI after suspecting the surf-skier to be in difficulty.
Darren said that the NSRI would rather make sure that a person isn’t in any trouble, particularly as daylight was fading.
On Sunday, at 11h49, NSRI Simonstown responded aboard Spirit of Safmarine III following a request for assistance from 3 Plumstead males, on-board a rubber-duck, off-shore of Millers Point, who had run out of fuel. NSRI Simonstown towed them to Simonstown harbour where they required no further assistance.
Darren said that boaters should prepare adequately to go to sea and ensure that they have enough fuel for their intended voyage.