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42 Cape seal watchers rescued

2011-10-09 18:59

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.

Comments
  • Proefeet - 2011-10-09 19:31

    Exciting stuff...

  • OZNOB - 2011-10-09 19:39

    not what they paid for though I am sure they all got their monies worth - all that and they saw some seals too

      Mikemcc - 2011-10-09 20:52

      It wouldn't surprise me if a couple of those passengers blew their own 'seals' when they hit that rock , lol.

  • Dean Benjamin - 2011-10-09 21:50

    Amazing stuff by the NSRI once again!

  • JimBean@24.com - 2011-10-10 07:17

    Why was the boat so close to the rocks ? Was the skipper qualified to be carrying tourists to this area ? Did he know this area at all ? Imagine the outcry if some of these international tourists had been gobbled by the sharks that live off the seals in this area ?

      Cheekiechops - 2011-10-10 08:37

      Agree! The skipper should know those waters. Does he have a valid skippers ticket?

      maverix - 2011-10-10 08:48

      ever though of taking drama classes, Jim? wait a moment - you don't need them!

      Health Ed - 2011-10-10 09:03

      If any of you could see how choppy the sea was last week, you might not be asking this - it's not really like driving a 4X4 down a dirt road. Be glad no-one was hurt, the boat didn't sink, the NSRI did their brilliant job again etc etc..

      zelda britz - 2011-10-10 09:59

      Maybe he didnt know about the rock? Dont think they will let people on a boat with someone who does not have experience. Welldone to the NSRI who did a efficient job

      cmondefence - 2011-10-10 10:50

      Apparently there was a combination of swell and heavy fog that had just rolled in as the boat was going out to the island, which makes it very difficult to time the swells and stay orientated even for an experienced skipper. I'm sure it wasn't that he didn't know where the rock was as they do that route every hour throughout the day, seven days a week and have to be very qualified to do so. PS. Sharks don't get sighted around that island believe it or not - but I'd still be glad the NSRI were there, well done to them as usual

      Kenny - 2011-10-29 16:41

      Do the tourist pay extra for a gobble?

  • Roy - 2011-12-09 21:38

    the title says "rescued"...one would be forgiven for thinking the boat was SMASHED and people nearly drowned or were saved from the sharks!! Never mind; false alarm....oh the drama!!

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