NSRI in two emergency rescues

THE NSRI in Nelson Mandela Bay responded to two emergencies in less than 24 hours.

Four men were towed to safety yesterday, shortly after the NSRI responded to another distress call on Monday night.

Station commander Ian Gray said they received a distress call from four men aboard a 12m yacht which was adrift off Bird Island at about 5am yesterday.

“The yacht, sailing from Richards Bay to Port Elizabeth, alerted the NSRI in the morning to say that their steering had failed and in strong winds they were being blown off-shore,” he said.

At the time of the distress call, the yacht was about two nautical miles south of Bird Island – an estimated 38 nautical miles (70km) from Port Elizabeth.

Gray said the NSRI rescue team found the yacht at about 10am and began towing it back to Port Elizabeth. Because of strong winds and choppy seas, they only arrived in the harbour at about 5pm.

On Monday night, the NSRI rescued Albertus Myburgh, 41, Wouter van Heerden, 25, and skipper Rodney van der Mecht, 35, when their rubber duck was capsized by a breaching whale off Noordhoek.

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