42 Cape seal watchers rescued
Cape Town - Seal watchers aboard a chartered boat, the Nauticat, were rescued after the vessel hit a submerged rock near Duiker Island in the Western Cape on Sunday, the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) said.
Spokesperson Craig Lambinon said the boat, carrying 42 people, hit a submerged rock around 13:40.
He said the vessel appeared to have some damage to the hull, but was not taking in water. Following standard procedure the skipper called for assistance to be escorted back to Hout Bay in case further problems developed.
A rescue boat accompanied the charter vessel back to Hout Bay harbour where all passengers disembarked safely.