Trapped fishermen rescued

2013-05-26 14:29

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Port Elizabeth - Two fishermen had to be rescued after being stranded on a rock by a spring tide, near Port Alfred, in the Eastern Cape, the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) said on Sunday.

"The two anglers had reached the rock easily at low tide to go fishing but with the spring tide high tide they had been cut off from land," said spokesperson Craig Lambinon.

The fishermen, from Dispatch, were fishing at Rugged Rock around five kilometres west of Port Alfred, and called the NSRI for help at 17.42 on Saturday.

Three rescue swimmers used a rope and pulley system to secure the men to their lifejackets before bringing them to shore.

"The two fishermen retrieved their fishing gear at low tide," said Lambinon.

He said spring tides occurred during new and full moons, causing higher and lower tides than normal, and a stronger rip current.

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