Family adrift on Gamtoos River towed to safety by NSRI
NSRI JBay towed a cabin boat on the Gamtoos River, near Jeffreys Bay in the Eastern Cape, to safety on Sunday after the boat experienced motor failure.
Rieghard Janse van Rensburg, NSRI Jeffreys Bay station commander, said at 2.25 pm on 8 November, NSRI Jeffreys Bay duty crew were activated following a request for assistance from the Gamtoos Ferry Hotel, reporting a family on a cabin boat with motor failure upstream on the Gamtoos River.
While the family was reportedly safe, with motor failure to the boat and a six month-old baby on board there was no hesitation. NSRI JBAY volunteer duty crew towed the sea rescue craft Project Group Rescuer and launched onto the Gamtoos River. They found the family, who are from Jeffreys Bay, 5 km upstream and all safe.
“We took them under tow and assisted to moor them at the Gamtoos Ferry Lodge,”van Rensburg said. No further assistance was required.
(edited by St Francis Chronicle)