Four men were saved after their ski-boat apparently capsized by a wave 6 kms from Richards Bay Port today, 26 November,.
A member of the public in his boat rescued one of the four crew clinging to the upside down boat and the NSRI arrived a helicopter and diver and rescued the three others.
Dorian Robertson, NSRI Richards Bay station commander, sa id at 9.21 this morning. NSRI Richards Bay volunteer duty crew were activated by the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) following reports of the ski-boat Asterix, with 4 crew onboard, capsized 5km from the Port of Richards Bay.
“We launched our sea rescue craft Spirit of Round Table and Spirit of Richards Bay II and the Transnet National Ports Authority Portnet rescue helicopter arrived with a NSRI rescue swimmer. A Police Sea Borderline boat also responded.
The private boat Missile went to the assistance of the crew and rescued one man. An NSRIswimmer was deployed into the water from the helicopter to secure the remaining three men. They were all rescued aboard the NSRI rescue craft.
No one was injured, NSRI righted the capsized casualty boat and towed it into Port.
Edited by St Francis Chronicle