Yacht Charisma Runs Aground at Boknes

www.MyPE.co.za: At
approximately 08h05 on Friday 16 April, NSRI Port Alfred and NSRI Port
Elizabeth were alerted to a yacht reporting to have run aground at
Boknes Beach, between Port Elizabeth and Port Alfred.

NSRI Port Alfred dispatched a
mobile crew to the scene and on arrival,
said Juan Pretorius, NSRI Port Alfred station commander, we found the
yacht Charisma, a Flamenca 25 footer, hard aground.

The yacht had apparently run aground at approximately 04h00.

Both occupants, ABYC member, 65 year old Brian
Duggett and 21 year old
Deborah Robinson, from Port Elizabeth, were found uninjured and the
NSRI are assisting to remove valuables from the yacht.

Salvage efforts are being assisted by the NSRI. Juan said they are
attempting to put the 25 foot yacht onto a trailer for the owner but
this plan may change.

It appears they left Port Elizabeth in the early hours of Thursday 15th
April sailing North. At approximately 02h00 on Friday morning, 16th
April, the wind came up and changed direction, from a South Westerly to
an easterly wind, and reportedly, although they were only sailing on a
small storm sail, the rough weather and gale force winds caused the
skipper to be thrown overboard while he was attempting to start the
engine at around 03h30.

According to their report to the NSRI the skipper was wearing his
harness (attached to the yacht) but he did not have the strength to
pull himself aboard so he managed to hold onto the motor at the back of
the yacht and yelled instructions to his female crew to beach the yacht
onto the nearest land in an effort to save his life.

Deborah steered the yacht onto Boknes Beach at about 04h00.

Charisma - A Flamenca 25 aground at Boknes, near Port Elizabeth

The area where they have come aground is protected by an approximately
1 mile long reef but somehow the yacht, and the skipper dragging behind
the yacht, made it through the reef unscathed. As ABYC safety officer,
Philip Rademan said; “Apparently the ‘hand of God’ must have been
involved as the yacht managed to slip through a tiny gap in the 9 foot
reef.”

SAMSA (The South African Maritime
safety Authority) have been alerted.

Editors Notes:
It pains me deeply to
say this about one of my own
Brian, but it must be said – please stand in line behind these guys:
And
the Port Elizabeth Darwin Award Winners are ….
.

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