The debate over the nationalisation of mines has received a warmer reception from black investors in the sector than from the established mining giants.
Darren Zimmerman, NSRI Simonstown station commander said: “ON 11 July at 13h51 the NSRI Simonstown duty crew were activated following reports of a commercial fishing ski-boat sinking off-shore of Buffels Bay, Cape Point with 4 men on-board.
We launched our NSRI rescue craft Spirit of Safmarine III and dispatched our NSRI rescue vehicle to the scene.
[ad#Google Adsense 234×60]On arrival on-scene it was confirmed that all 4 occupants of the semi-submerged 16 foot commercial fishing ski-boat Mako had been safely transferred from their own boat onto the fishing trawler Starlight and they were not injured. Starlight brought all 4 men, Skipper Charles De Long, 49, from Mitchell’s Plein, his brother and crewman Andrew, 54, from Steenberg, crewman Ivan Sauls, 54, from Steenberg and crewman Bunny Lucas, 51, from Mitchell’s Plein, to Simonstown harbour.
Maritime Radio Services broadcast an ‘all ships alert’ warning of the potential hazard, to other craft, in the area of the semi-submerged ski-boat.
According to the skipper of Mako they were fishing at anchor off-shore of Buffels Bay when their boat appeared to get heavier in the water to the point where water was lapping over the transam into their boat and they requested the nearby fishing trawler Starlight to pick them up as their boat appeared to be sinking.
All 4 men, wearing life-jackets, were transferred from their own boat onto Starlight while the NSRI were responding to the scene.
Starlight brought the 4 men safely into Simonstown harbour while the NSRI rescue craft Spirit of Safmarine III towed the casualty craft, semi-submerged, safely into Simonstown harbour where it has been successfully recovered.
Maritime Radio Services have cancelled their ‘all ships alert’ warning.”
The cause of the craft Mako becoming semi-submerged has not been officially determined.
SAMSA (The South African Maritime Safety Authority) have been informed.
25 film students from Afda Film School are waiting out the storm on Dassen Island, off-shore of Yzerfontein on the West Coast.
The 25 students are filming a project on Dassen Island, since Monday, but were unable to be collected on their predetermined return day, by their charter boat, due to the storm that converged on the Western Cape late on Monday.
It appears that they were not aware that the storm was due. They are in no immediate danger.
NSRI Yzerfontein station commander Andre Nel said that the students are all safe on the island and yesterday an NSRI Yzerfontein rescue craft was dispatched to the island to deliver extra supplies to the students and to check on their safety.
Andre said that the students have adequate sleeping arrangements and supplies and they are being checked on, from time to time, by the Islands resident Cape Nature Conservation Officer.
Andre said that the students are all in high spirits and appear to be treating their extended stay on the island as an adventure. There are also 3 builders on the island who are currently working on routine repairs to the lighthouse.
As soon as the weather clears sufficiently the students charter boat will go and fetch them.
The students have been provided a 24 hour emergency number and the NSRI are staying in regular contact with the students. They are all in contact with their families and the NSRI are on alert to assist if they need to be evacuated for any reason.
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