NSRI saves Russian sailor from disaster

The NSRI Hout Bay sea rescue duty responded to reports of a yacht at risk of being swept onto rocks at Chapmans Peak Point yesterday.
On arrival at the Point, they found a 56 year old Russian solo sailor on the 40 foot yacht NICOLAI was close to being swept onto shore in his yacht in a gusting to 45 knot South Easterly wind and rough sea conditions.
“A tow line was rigged from our sea rescue craft ALBIE MATTHEWS and the yacht was towed out to sea and to safety where our larger sea rescue craft NADINE GORDIMER took over the tow and the yacht was towed safely into Hout Bay harbour and berthed,” said the NSRI in a statement.
“It appears that the solo sailor had experienced motor failure after his last Port of call in Mauritius and he had tried throughout the morning to enter Hout Bay harbour under sail with no joy in the strong wind and he had then retired to the lee of Chapmans Peak to regroup where, without motor power, the sea had threatened to run his yacht onto the rocks below Chapmans Peak Drive.
He called Telkom Maritime Radio Services for assistance and the Transnet National Ports Authority activated Sea Rescue Hout Bay to go to his assistance.
The Russian Consulate are assisting the man with Visa entry to South Africa and the Hout Bay Yacht Club are assisting the man with a berth for his yacht and welcoming assistance.
The man was not injured and he will remain in Hout Bay for now to repair his yachts motor.

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