In a statement released today the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) have confirmed the incident at Hobie Beach where vessel F/V Alley Cat ran aground. All authorities have been notified and have responded accordingly.
At this stage, the vessel owner has confirmed that a contractor has been appointed to manage the necessary salvage arrangements.
TNPA can also confirm that there has been no injuries or pollution reported. An emergency response team is on standby to assist should the need arise.
Further details will be communicated in due course.
Editor: The TNPA is responsible authority for the sea area up to just before Cape Receife.
During Sunday, 11th February, the fishing boat Alley Cat was successfully re-floated during an approaching high tide and towed to the Port of Port Elizabeth by Chokka fishing boats.
The skipper and salvage divers remained on the casualty boat which was successfully pulled off the shoreline by 2 Chokka fishing boats.
An NSRI water extrication pump was used by salvage divers to pump water free from the fishing boat during the tow into Port.
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