The NSRI assisted six boats on Hartbeespoort Dam.
The NSRI Hartbeespoort had to assist six boats that ran into trouble on the Hartbeespoort Dam last weekend.
“The weather and debris in the dam played a big role in boats getting into trouble,” said Arthur Crewe of the NSRI.
“At one stage, there were gale force winds on the dam. Debris in the dam damaged the propellers and caused engine trouble. Many people don’t know the dam and venture into the shallow waters, running to the ground.”
The NSRI was also alerted after a boat with passengers ventured close to the sluices. “We want to issue a stern warning to people to be careful and to familiarise themselves with the dam before venturing onto the water. Ensure all boats are equipped with the necessary safety equipment.”
Crewe said boats are also seen speeding on the dam at night. “It is illegal to be on the water after dark and it is easy to hit debris such as tree stumps, etc. This will certainly cause major damage and possible loss of lives. We urge people to adhere to the rules of the dam to ensure the safety of all.”