Honda-powered NSRI Hout Bay volunteer sea rescue duty crew answer Mayday distress radio call
On Tuesday the 4th of February at 14h40, NSRI Hout Bay volunteer sea rescue duty crew were activated following a Mayday distress radio call from the 24 meter Gansbaai fishing boat ELOMI, with 9 crew onboard, reporting to be taking on water and sinking.

The Mayday distress call was intercepted by Telkom Maritime Radio Services and the Transnet National Ports Authority who activated the Hout Bay Sea Rescue station. NSRI Bakoven were also placed on alert.

The NSRI Hout Bay volunteer sea rescue duty crew launched the sea rescue craft ALBIE MATTHEWS, a 7,3 meter RIB powered by two 115 Honda’s, as well as the slower deep sea rescue boat NADINE GORDIMER. Both rescue craft rendezvoued with the casualty boat 9 nautical miles off Llandudno.

On arrival on-scene they found the vessel underway and the crew safe while water was being pumped out of ELOMI by her crew.

It was confirmed that the fishing boat, carrying 60 tons of fish, had experienced a generator failure causing a subsequent motor failure. While attempting to repair the motor and generator their vessel had broadsided to the swell causing the boat to be swamped, and because she was heavy laden with fish this compounded the problem making her take on water.

The crew had then managed to get both the generator and motor working and once under way they were able to begin pumping water from the boat.

With all crew safe and the vessel underway the NSRI sea rescue craft remained at their side and escorted them into Hout Bay.