NSRI Knysna: Latest update on foreign ship
The Kiani Satu is a 165 meter rice carrier bulk container ship, acccording to ‘a correction and update’ sent out by the NSRI at around 8 am.
The latest NSRI release says that according to SAMSA (South African Maritime Safety Authority) the salvage vessel Smit Amandla dispatched from Cape Town in the early hours of this morning is expected to reach the scene at nightfall today.
Two NSRI sea rescue craft have been launched after it was confirmed at first light this morning that the casualty vessel is now touching ground, from time to time, despite being at anchor and being held off by the tug boat that is already in attendance.
Fog has descended further hampering the stand-by rescue operation.
There are no direct access points for media on the scene and media are respectfully requested to hold back and not approach as the coastline in the area is dangerous and the ship cannot be viewed from shore.
NSRI Mossel Bay are also on high alert since 3 am.
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