The 165 metre-long bulk carrier ship Kiani Satu was transporting cargo of rice from Cape Town to Gabon, when it experienced engine troubles along the southern shore of South Africa. They warned the NSRI at 03:39 a.m. this morning of their situation.
“All crew members who aboard the vessel were Ukranian and Filipino nationals, and are now handed into the care of Police Sea Borderline and they are going to be transferred to Mossel Bay for visa control processing and accommodated,” stated Graeme Harding, NSRI Knysna station commander.
“The bulk carrier had washed side on to the shore during the early morning and came to rest hard aground after her anchor dragged and the tug vessel wasn't able to hold her off against rough sea swells of 5-meters and strong gusting to 45 knots onshore winds. The decision was taken by the vessels Captain to leave the vessel and the safest method was to deploy the helicopter and hoist the crew members off the bulk carrier while our NSRI rescue vessels stood by to assist if necessary.”