Crew rescued after yacht runs aground in Durban harbour

NSRI personnel were dispatched to rescue the crew of a yacht that ran aground in the Durban port on Thursday.
NSRI personnel were dispatched to rescue the crew of a yacht that ran aground in the Durban port on Thursday.
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Five crew members of a yacht were rescued by a National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) team after the vessel ran aground in Durban port on Thursday.

Andre Fletcher, NSRI Durban station commander, said a rescue team including police and port security members, responded during the early hours to a call for help from Transnet National Ports Authority.

Fletcher said the yacht, with three women and two men aboard, had run aground on the south breakwater at the port.

"On arrival we found all five crew had managed to abandon the yacht and get on to the dolos [concrete blocks used to protect the harbour walls from waves].

"Two NSRI rescue swimmers assisted one female who had been trapped among the dolos.

"The remaining four crew were accounted for and safe. They suffered minor injuries," said Fletcher.

The yacht was returning to the port from Richards Bay.

Fletcher said a salvage operation was being planned.


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