Umkomaas: Grandfather, son and grandson escsape injury as boat capsizes

2012-07-10 00:00

THREE generations of male members of the Short family who are holidaying on the South Coast are lucky to have escaped a boating accident with only a few minor scratches and bruises.

The two men and a boy — all named John — are aged 69, 39 and nine. The family is from Middleburg, Mpumalanga.

The grandfather, son and grandson were thrown overboard when their boat capsized in high seas at Umkomaas yesterday morning.

John (39) said: “We were all taken to hospital to be examined. Apart from a few bumps and bruises we are doing fine.

“We are thankful to have escaped with only minor injuries and are grateful for all the assistance on the beach.”

The boat, Schweet, flipped in the waves while launching to go to sea. The incident happened close to shore in the shore break. All three passengers swam to the shore after the accident and local fishermen and dive charters helped push the boat out of the water. Both motors in the boat were damaged.

Burry Mundle, the safety officer from Umkomaas Ski Boat club, said the seas were very high at the launch site.

“Umkomaas is not a very easy area to launch from. The swells are very high and if you are not an experienced skipper then you can get into difficulty.”

Mundle said there were many local dive charters who launched successfully from the beach yesterday.

• witness@feveronline.co.za

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