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Fisherman dies of heart attack

2012-01-12 20:15

Johannesburg - A 45-year-old man died of a heart attack aboard the chokka fishing boat Galaxy off the shore of Oyster Bay in the Eastern Cape on Thursday, the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) said.

A rescue crew was sent to the boat on Thursday morning, NSRI St Francis Bay station commander Marc May said.

"On arrival it was confirmed a male had died of a heart attack. The body of the man was brought to our sea rescue base and handed into the care of the forensic pathology services."

In a separate incident in the Western Cape, four people, including two boys, were rescued as their ski-boat drifted towards rocks when the engine failed, off the shore of Scarborough, near Kommetjie.

"They were about 10 meters away from running onto the rocks when we arrived on-scene and we quickly set up a tow-line and towed them to shore safely," NSRI Kommetjie station commander Tom Coetzee said.

Coetzee said the two men in their 40s, an 11-year-old boy and a 17-year-old, were not injured.