Cape Town man survives after being swept out to sea

2015-11-03 19:42

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Durban – A Cape Town man who was swept 5km out to sea by strong winds miraculously survived the ordeal.

Spokesperson for the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) Craig Lambinon said in a statement: "NSRI at the Melkbosstrand rescue base was approached by a woman at about 19:00 claiming that her 51-year-old boyfriend had not returned home. The man was from Table View.

"She said he had launched... on his paddle-ski at Melkbosstrand at around 13:00 but he had failed to return and his vehicle remained parked at a Melkbosstrand beach front parking."

Lambinon said the woman panicked when she returned home from work and her boyfriend, from Table View, had not returned.

He said a NSRI crew and the police launched a search for the man. Shortly into the search, police noticed that a man had returned to the parked vehicle. When they approached him, it was established that he was in fact the man they were looking for. He was safe and not injured, said Lambinon.

Lambinon said the man relayed what had happened to him saying he had been swept out to sea by strong winds.

"He estimates he had been swept about 5km out to sea but he had later been able to reach the shore about 3km north of the Koeberg Power Station.

"He had dragged his paddle-ski along the beach until he reached the fence at Koeberg Power Station where he abandoned his paddle-ski and walked ... until he reached the Koeberg Power Station security fence."

Lambinon said security guards gave the man a lift to where he was later found.

He said Koeberg Power Station security recovered the man’s paddle-ski on Tuesday morning.

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