Stowaway boys in serious condition after nine-day ordeal at sea

2009-08-28 00:00

TWO teenagers are in a serious condition in a Durban hospital after they were rescued from a cargo ship on which they apparently stowed away in the Ivory Coast.

Suffering from severe hypothermia and swollen feet, the boys were rescued when the ship docked in Durban.

It is believed that the teenagers, who are brothers, and their two cousins, who are missing and now feared dead, boarded the ship in Ivory Coast and spent nine days at sea.

When the stowaways were discovered by crewmen, they were extremely traumatised and were suffering from swollen feet as they had been standing all the time.

Members of the SAPS Search and Rescue assisted in bringing the boys safely to shore where paramedics treated them with intravenous medication.

Captain Troy Allison of SAPS Search and Rescue said they received a call from the Durban port security services to help rescue the boys, who had been hiding in the keel of the ship.

He said that when water began to enter the rudder section, the boys swam out and alerted crewmen.

He said a team of police divers had searched unsuccessfully under the ship for the missing boys. The two rescued boys are being treated at Entabeni Hospital.

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