28 Jun 2011

NSRI warns on spring tides, Hout Bay be aware!

NSRI warns on spring tides, Hout Bay be aware!

Taken from iol.co.za:

The National Sea Rescue Institute on Tuesday warned that drownings and capsizing of boats were most likely to occur during spring tides expected on July 1.

It was concerned that with the school holidays, children angling from rocks, boating or bathing, were at great risk of being swept out to sea, spokesman Craig Lambinon said in a statement.

Data showed that during the few days of the spring tide, particularly at river mouths and harbour entrances, boats were at risk of capsizing.

Spring tide occurs twice a month, every month of the year, around in the world. It peaks on the day of the full moon and again on the day of the new moon, causing a higher than normal high tide and a lower than normal low tide.

The spring tides were known to cause the rip currents, which could be compounded by rough seas in winter. – Sapa

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22 Jun 2011

Humpback Whale disentangled by members of the SA Whale Disentanglement Network

Humpback Whale disentangled by members of the SA Whale Disentanglement Network

At 11h35  members of the SA Whale Disentanglement Network (SAWDN) were called out when the Rock Lobster fishing vessel Biskop reported that a whale was entangled in rock lobster netting, rope and floatation buoys approximately 2 nautical miles off Olifantsbospunt, Cape Point.

Members of SAWDN responded to the scene aboard sea rescue boats and on arrival on-scene confirmed that three ropes, netting and floatation buoys were entangled around the 11 meter Humpback whales right flipper and torso in front of the flipper.

Mike Meyer, of the SA Whale Disentanglement Network, said the animal appeared to be tired. The floatation buoys attached to the rope were keeping the whale buoyant and one long rope entangled around the whales flipper was still attached to rock lobster traps on the sea bed which effectively had the whale trapped.

The Department of Agriculture Forestries and Fisheries boat Victor Msenge arrived on-scene to assist and they launched a rigid inflatable rubber-duck to join the 3 NSRI sea rescue craft, from NSRI Kommetjie and NSRI Hout Bay, that were carrying the SA Whale Disentanglement Network members.
Members of SAWDN, carrying specialized whale disentangling equipment, (cutting knives – hooked shaped – on long poles) were able to cut all rope, netting and buoys off the whale.

During the operation two larger adult whales appeared and it looked like they were giving some encouragement to the whale while our members cut the rope and netting off the affected whale. They hovered around and swam alongside the casualty whale while our members worked to cut the whale free, said Mike.

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07 Feb 2011

Enroute to Hout Bay, the Russian trimaran “surfs” Outer Kom

Thanks to lekabydc:

Energy Diet an inflatable (demountable) trimaran heading for Hout Bay and hugging the coast inadvertently sails over the “Outer Kom” a well known big wave surfing spot on the Cape Peninsula. Notice how calm the crew remain throughout. Craig McIver is the NSRI crewman boarding at the end of the clip. ED is repairing in HB before setting off for Namibia then Brazil and finally circumnavigating the globe.

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28 Jan 2011

8 metre wave hits inflatable trimaran

8 metre wave hits inflatable trimaran

Taken from nsri.org.za:

Sea Rescue – Hout Bay – 27 January, 2011: Inflatable Trimaran escorted into harbour.
Four Russian sailors sailing the inflatable trimaran TriEnergyDiet were escorted into Hout Bay harbour by NSRI Kommetjie and NSRI Hout Bays rescue boats after they took enormous waves over the bow of their inflatable trimaran at Outer Komm, near Kommetjie, in up to 40 knot gusting winds.

Two of the sailors had been washed overboard when they took an 8 metre wave over the bow but on the NSRI’s arrival on-scene it was confirmed that they were all safe aboard their yacht, not injured, and refused any sea rescue assistance.

After eye-witnesses on-shore reported the incident, claiming that the inflatable craft appeared to have been swamped by waves, a full-scale sea rescue operation was launched and sea rescue craft from NSRI Kommetjie and NSRI Hout Bay responded.

“We knew it was them,” said NSRI Kommetjie deputy station commander Tom Coetzee, “the NSRI has been monitoring their progress since they departed Durban and yesterday NSRI Agulhas and NSRI Hermanus were placed on alert after the sailors reported to have encountered adverse weather. They decided to press on through the night reaching Simonstown in early afternoon and deciding to attempt to continue on to Table Bay in Cape Town.
“On arrival on-scene they refused any assistance from us and they sailed comfortably into Hout Bay harbour where they were met by the Hout Bay Yacht Clubs hospitality.

Brad Geyser, NSRI Hout Bay station commander, said that the sailors will effect repairs to their yacht, possibly continuing onto the Royal Cape Yacht Club, before continuing on their voyage which we believe to be Namibia and then Brazil.
“Coming around Cape Point this afternoon they were doing about 20 knots before deciding to rather make for Hout Bay harbour (abandoning attempts to get to Table Bay) but it appears they came in on the inside of “Outer Komm”, a well known surf spot and renowned for its big swell caused by a reef, and that’s where they ran into some difficulties. They were getting close to being washed ashore before sea rescue craft arrived on-scene but they were quite obviously determined not to accept help so we escorted them for safety and they sailed in comfortably unassisted”, said Brad.

They are attempting a circumnavigation record in an inflatable Trimaran.

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05 Jan 2011

NSRI in action

This is a clip of a recent intervention by  the NSRI Hout Bay.

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