NSRI rescues capsized sailors in Simon’s Town
At 9h15 on Saturday, 11 May 2019, National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) Simon’s Town duty crew were activated following an urgent appeal for assistance from the private boat Ocean Life whose crew reported coming across two men clinging onto the upturned hull of a capsized ski-boat off-shore of Cape Point. Darren Zimmerman, NSRI Simon’s Town station commander, said, “Our sea rescue craft Spirit of Safmarine III and Spirit of Surfski II were launched and our NSRI rescue vehicle responded to Cape point. Cape Medical Response (CMR) were activated to respond to our sea rescue base to stand-by. Western Cape Government Health EMS were placed on alert.”
Skiboat Mobile and Telkom Maritime Radio Services assisted with Marine VHF communications.
The crew of Ocean Life confirmed that both casualties of the capsized craft were accounted for and rescued onto Ocean Life and crew of Ocean Life had initiated treatment to the two men for hypothermia and for shock. On NSRI arriving on the scene both patients were transferred onto a sea rescue craft and transported to shore where they were treated by NSRI and CMR paramedics and following treatment for hypothermia and shock no further assistance was required.
Telkom Maritime Radio Services broadcast an all ships alert warning of the Navigational Hazard of the capsized ski-boat adrift in dense fog off-shore of Cape Point.
“Our sea rescue craft returned to the scene and we located the capsized boat which we took under tow and righted and towed the boat to Millers Point slipway where she was recovered. The navigational warning was cancelled by Telkom Maritime Radio Services.”
NSRI commend the crew of Ocean Life for the rescue effort and for raising the alarm.
NSRI commend Skiboat Mobile and Telkom Maritime Radio Services for their assistance with communications.
It appears that the casualty boat capsized after a rope may have fouled the boats motor propellors. The two casualties, local men, had been in the water for 10 minutes before being rescued by Ocean Life who just happened to come across them.