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Fishermen fire flare to summon help

Spirit of Round Table II

When a fishing boat sank in South Africa, the crew got into a lifeboat and fired a flare to summon help.

The four fishermen in the liferaft at Richards Bay were taken onto the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) boat, the Spirit of Round Table II. The lifeboat was also recovered, reports the Zululand Observer.

The NSRI Richards Bay duty crew investigated the incident, one day in December 2018, following reports from the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC). A Mayday distress call initially came to Telkom Maritime Radio Services of what was suspected to be a yacht taking water and sinking in the shipping lanes off-shore of Richards Bay, 8.5 nautical miles from Amatikulu Bluff.

Spirit of Round Table II was launched. Meanwhile, Telkom Maritime Radio Services confirmed that it was the fishing vessel C-Link and not a yacht in distress. It had been taking on water.

The casualty crew fired a red distress flare to summon help and was spotted by the NSRI. The fisherman were taken to the NSRI Richards Bay base and required no further assistance.

Dec 20, 2018