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Fishing boat successfully re-floated after running aground at Hobie Beach

Feb 12, 2018
Fishing boat successfully re-floated after running aground at Hobie Beach

The fishing boat Alley Cat, which ran aground on Port Elizabeth's Hobie Beach on Sunday, was successfully re-floated during an approaching high tide and towed to the Port of Port Elizabeth by Chokka fishing boats.

According to the National Sea Rescue Insititute (NSRI), the skipper and salvage divers remained on the casualty boat, which was successfully pulled off the shoreline by two Chokka fishing boats.

"NSRI Port Elizabeth dispatched the sea rescue craft Spirit of Toft, Spirit of Surfski IV and the sea rescue vehicle to stand by on the scene during the salvage effort," described Ian Gray, NSRI Port Elizabeth station commander.

"An NSRI water extrication pump was used by salvage divers to pump water free from the fishing boat during the tow into Port."

According to Gray, at 01h51, on Sunday, the NSRI Port Elizabeth duty crew were activated following eye-witness reports of a fishing boat run aground at Main Beach, Port Elizabeth, by Hobie Beach.

"The sea rescue craft Spirit of Surfski IV was launched and NSRI crew responded directly to the scene. The SA Police Services, a Police Dive Unit, and EC Government Health EMS responded.

"On arrival on the scene,  the 12 meter fishing boat Alley Cat was found washed ashore along the shoreline and the 9 crew were safe," he said.

"Casualty crew were walking ashore and only the skipper remained onboard."

He said that the NSRI crew assisted to remove fuel, any contaminants and equipment and the owners and crew assisted with the removal of crews personal items and equipment from the fishing boat.

"EMS paramedics medically checked the casualty crew and no injuries were found.

"The cause of the fishing boat running aground has not been determined," Gray added.

He said that the owners then planned to refloat the vessel at high tide.

Meanwhile, the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) are investigating how the accident happned.