Clive Tesner, NSRI Gordons Bay duty coxswain, said; “At 15h17, Wednesday, 10th June, NSRI Gordons Bay duty crew were activated by the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) following a request for assistance from the 11 meter Gansbaai crayfish boat OUBOETA reporting gear box motor failure off-shore of Hangklip and although in no imminent danger the skipper, John Marthinus, from Arniston, reported that they required assistance from sea rescue to get to Gordons Bay harbour.
“NSRI Simonstown were requested to assist and NSRI Simonstown duty crew were activated and launched the sea rescue craft SPIRIT OF SAFMARINE III.
“On arrival on-scene the casualty boat was found 3 nautical miles off-shore of Bettys Bay and the crew of OUBOETA were found safe and a tow-line was rigged and they were towed safely to Gordons Bay harbour.
“On nearing Gordons Bay harbour our NSRI Gordons Bay 5.5 meter rigid inflatable sea rescue craft SPIRIT OF SURFSKI was launched to guide the Simonstown sea rescue craft into Gordons Bay harbour with OUBOETA under tow and the casualty vessel was safely moored without incident.
“The operation was completed at around 22h10 and after re-fueling, at around 22h45, NSRI Simonstown’s SPIRIT OF SAFMARINE III departed Gordons Bay harbour to return to Simonstown after being warmly thanked for assisting.”