Coast KZN

04 Jan 2021

Six passengers rescued by NSRI near Wild Coast

(South Coast Herald) Picture: NSRI/FACEBOOK. NSRI Port Edward Wild Coast Sun Rescuer.

NSRI Port Edward duty crew were activated to assist a local charter boat suffering engine failure to one of her motors on the afternoon of December 31. According to NSRI Port Edwatd station commander, Gert du Plessis, the skipper requested assistance to get six passengers, a woman and five men, off the 21-foot boat before attempting to get the boat to shore on the one remaining motor.

NSRI Shelly Beach dispatched crew to assist the NSRI Port Edward crew. The sea rescue craft jet-rib Rescue 32 Alpha was launched and in three relays of two at a time the six passengers were brought safely to shore without incident from just over a nautical mile off-shore of the Wild Coast Sun.

During the passenger transfer operation the second motor of the casualty boat failed and without engine power NSRI dispatched sea rescue craft Rescue 32 to the scene.

“On its arrival we took the casualty boat under tow and we towed her to shore without incident and once the casualty boat was safely ashore and recovered no further assistance was required,” said Du Plessis.