Rescuers have whale of a problem

2012-02-29 12:13
Cape Town - A sea rescue team got a lot more than they bargained for when they rushed to attend to a capsized boat off Melkbosstrand in Cape Town, the NSRI said on Wednesday.

The team was activated following eyewitness reports of a large overturned boat floating a mile offshore, said National Sea Rescue Institute spokesperson Craig Lambinon.

However, it was not met by grateful sailors on Tuesday evening, but rather by "the stench" of an eight-metre whale that had gone "belly-up".

Lambinon said the belly had given the distinct impression of the underside of a boat.

He said the carcass may be the same one reported earlier in the week floating near Robben Island.

"There are concerns that the wind direction will drive the carcass ashore," he said and advised boaters to be cautious and steer clear.

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