Fishing trawler towed to safety in difficult rescue operation
By Celeste Ganga
07 January 2008
A 20 meter fishing trawler, The Sulaiman, that was reported to have been drifting with rope filled around its propeller on Sunday evening south of Cape Point, was towed to safety on Monday morning.
According to National Sea Rescue spokesperson, Craig Lambinon, the NSRI launched deep sea rescue crafts to carry out the ‘technical’ rescue operation.
“On arrival on the scene all crew were found to be safe drifting on the ocean with rope filled around the propeller. The vessel was towed into Hout Bay harbour,” says Lambinon.
He describes the rescue as a relatively difficult and technical operation against 2 to 3 meter swells and a 15 to 20 knot North Westerly wind.
“It (the trawler) arrived safely at Hout Bay harbour at 5am this morning (Monday), where no further assistance was required,” says Lambinon.