NSRI St Francis Bay tows boat in difficulty to safety

A rubber duck with two men on board that had a motor failure was towed safely to shore yesterday by St Francis Bay NSRI volunteer duty crew.

Spirit of St Francis II  (Photo NSRI)
Spirit of St Francis II (Photo NSRI)

Marc May, NSRI St Francis Bay station commander, said at 8.30 pm  on 12 April 2014, the NSRI duty crew were activated after eye-witnesses reported a rubber duck boat with six men on board appearing to be in difficulty off-shore of Cape St Francis and drifting towards shore and rocks. 

“We launched our sea rescue craft Spirit of St Francis II and responded. On arrival we found two men, claiming to be recreational divers on a rubber-duck with motor failure.

“They had deployed an anchor to prevent them from drifting onto rocks and it appears that the remaining four men had swum ashore and were unharmed. With no lights on the boat we located them by their shining a cell-phone light in our direction.

“We took them under tow and towed them safely to the harbour where they required no further assistance once safely.”


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