100908. Cape Town. The NSRI conducting a search for a missing body of Camps Bay beach. Picture Henk Kruger/Cape Argus

KwaZulu-Natal - A French yacht that had hit a whale was towed into harbour by the National Sea Rescue Institute in Richards Bay at the weekend.

Cornell du Toit, the Institute’s Richards Bay station commander, said that they had received a request for assistance from the yacht Tiki.

“The three men on board, all from France, reportedly struck a whale two weeks ago sailing between Mauritius and Madagascar, rendering the motor unusable,” Du Toit said.

The three yachtsmen, skipper Michelle Riou, 53, and crew Thomas Pascal, 62, and Banbelier Michelle, 65, were not hurt.

The sea rescue duty crew rendezvoused with the yacht five nautical miles off Richards Bay where a tow-line was rigged and the yacht was towed in. - The Mercury