3 rescued from burning boat

2011-10-29 16:00
East London - Three people were rescued when the motor on their boat caught fire near Nahoon Point in East London, the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) said on Saturday.

A surfer saw red distress flares fired into the air and called the sea rescue emergency number, said NSRI spokesperson Craig Lambinon. The rescue crew was activated at 08:15 on Saturday morning.

The boat's motor was on fire and it was rapidly being pushed towards the rocks.

The three-man crew, all locals from East London, were able to extinguish the fire before the NSRI team arrived.

The NSRI towed the boat back to the sea rescue base, said Lambinon.

No one was injured.

- An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that the burnt-out motor posed a threat as it could have re-ignited.

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