At 03h30 this morning, the NSRI Port Elizabeth sea rescue crew were activated following a request from assistance from 6 men on a rigid inflatable rubber duck reporting to have engine failure near Bird Island.
The crew launched two sea rescue craft, Spirit of Toft and Eikos Rescuer IV and arriving on-scene just after 05h00 in 3 foot swells and generally calm sea conditions. The 6 men were taken onboard the NSRI sea rescue craft and the stricken boat was attached to the rescue craft and putunder tow. No injuries are reported.
During the return trip back towards Port Elizabeth, the NSRI encountered an increasing sea state with sea swells up to 3 meters, which has slowed down the return trip.
Both the rescue craft, and the casualty craft (under tow), are currently making just under 9 knots speed, and are expected to arrive at the sea rescue base in Port Elizabeth between 08h30 and 09h00 this morning.
It is unknown what the 6 men were doing at the time.