Durban- The National Sea Rescue Institute had another busy weekend on the KwaZulu Natal coastline.
Craig Lambinon, an NSRI spokesperson, said that two skippers were fortunate not to have lost their lives when their boat capsized near Virginia Beach in Durban North on Sunday.
Jake Roome, who was one of the skippers on the boat with his close friend Jesse Schubach, wrote on Facebook that it was an unfortunate incident at sea.
He had lost his phone and is in the interim is trying to replace it.
The boat was later uprighted and towed by the NSRI Durban to the Durban Ski Boat Club beach.
Alan Stilwell, NSRI Port Edward duty controller, reported that they had come to the aid of a yacht crew Chinnook.
"At 10 am on Sunday, 15th April, NSRI Port Edward duty crew were placed on alert following reports from the yacht Chinook, with two crew members onboard, sailing from East London to Durban. They reported an oil leak, 40 nautical miles South of Port Edward,"Stilwell said.
Telkom Maritime Radio Services assisted with VHF marine radio communications. The crew required oil following repairs that they had made. The NSRI Port Edward sea rescue craft Wild Coast Sun Rescuer rendezvoused with them off-shore North of Port St Johns.
"Oil was provided and they confirmed that they were okay to continue. Our sea rescue craft returned to base and ourselves, NSRI Shelly Beach, NSRI Rocky Bay and NSRI Durban are on alert while their progress is monitored and they are making good headway,"Stilwell said.