Girls, dog rescued after being stranded on island

2015-10-12 17:03

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Cape Town - Two girls and their dog were rescued after their inflatable boat was blown across the George Dam, leaving them about 200m from mainland, the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) said on Monday.

NSRI Wilderness deputy station commander Torsten Henschel said paramedics requested assistance at 13:45 on Saturday after the two 12-year-old girls and their Jack Russel were stranded on an island in the centre of the dam. Their boat had deflated from a puncture.

"The girls had waved for help and eye-witnesses noticed them. Their parents, who had also arrived to look for their girls, raised the alarm calling George Fire and Rescue Services and EMS," he said.

"We launched our sea rescue craft and brought them and their dog to mainland where they were reunited with family and their inflatable boat was recovered. No further assistance was required."

The girls and their dog were in no immediate danger and Henschel commended them for not trying to swim across the dam to the mainland.

In a separate incident that day, duty crew responded to a distress call from a fishing boat off Mossel Bay reporting to be taking water.

NSRI Mossel Bay station commander Andre Fraser said while information was gathered, the FA Platform rig established communication with the casualty vessel.

"It was determined they were only six nautical miles from their position, which is 80 nautical miles off-shore," he said.

The FA Platform service tug was dispatched and found the crew safe, but in heavy seas, with the stern low in the water.

"They were being hammered by rough sea conditions and the FA Platform tug remained by her as a safety precaution," Fraser said.

The casualty vessel made progress without further assistance after the weather improved and the NSRI remained on alert until the boat arrived safely in Mossel Bay harbour in the early hours of Sunday, he added.

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