THE National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) went to the aid of a yacht which was reported to have a snapped anchor chain and was being swept towards rocks at Mass Bay near Kleinmond on the Cape south coast on Saturday.
NSRI Gordons Bay and NSRI Hermanus launched sea rescue craft and on arrival at the scene found the yacht — with two local men and an Australian woman on board — aground on rocks.
“The woman was taken off the yacht, while the two crew men remained onboard and an NSRI rescuer was put aboard the yacht, a tow line was rigged and the yacht was pulled off the rocks using the NSRI Hermanus deep-sea rescue craft South Star,” the NSRI said in a statement.
The crew reported no damage to the yacht, which motored safely to Gordons Bay. No one was injured‚ the NSRI said. The woman was taken to Gordons Bay.
In the Eastern Cape, two Pretoria women were rescued by surfers and the NSRI after being swept out to sea by rip currents at Secrets Beach near Jeffreys Bay on Saturday evening.
The NSRI at Jeffreys Bay said two surfers had swum out to help the women and taken life jackets with them. They assisted the women to rocks and NSRI rescuers brought them ashore.
“One woman was seriously injured‚ lapsing in and out of consciousness‚ and she was treated for nonfatal drowning symptoms and transported to hospital by ambulance in a stable condition, and is expected to fully recover‚” the NSRI said. The second woman did not require assistance, it said.
Meanwhile, rescue services, police and traffic officers had their work cut out for them on New Year’s Day in the Eastern Cape with three people drowning in the province, hundreds of litres of alcohol confiscated and numerous missing children being found on Nelson Mandela Bay’s packed beaches.
Two of the drownings occurred in the bay while a teenager died in a similar tragedy in Port Alfred.