It is suspected that the Silver Girl yacht skipper fell overboard. It happened when the yacht was stroked by a wave off-shore of Quoin Point, and it was between the Gansbaai and Agulhas. Melvin Rautenbach, the skipper fell overboard in Mossel Bay and from that time she is missing. The incident has been reported by the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI). On Thursday, during a race, the skipper fell overboard and after that, she was not seen anywhere.
The NSRI Hermanus station commander, Deon Langenhoven, said at the search operation to find the skippers has begun at 19h30 NSRI Hermanus. The duty crew of NSRI Agulhas has been activated by the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) after Telkom Maritime Radio Services intercepted the Mayday distress VHF radio call made from the Silver Girl yacht.
Sharing the detail of the race and the incident, he said the Silver Girl yacht took part in the Mossel Bay yacht race and it was sailing wonderfully from Simonstown to Mossel Bay. Them a distress call was made in which crew said the skipper had fallen overboard. It happened when the yacht was struck by a wave off-shore of Quoin Point. It was the 10 nautical miles off-shore.
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