Cape fishing trip turns into rescue mission

2016-04-09 19:44
(NSRI website)

(NSRI website)

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Cape Town - A group of paddlers in distress were rescued when the Simonstown National Sea Rescue Institute station commander spotted them when he was going fishing.

NSRI spokesperson Craig Lambinon said Darren Zimmerman was off duty and had launched his private inflatable for a spot of fishing on Friday morning when he spotted some paddlers from a club in Simonstown waving frantically at him.

He found three paddlers in a semi-submerged scull boat and they told him that two more were still in the water about half a mile away.

Zimmerman raised the alarm and a rescue boat was launched.

He found that they were relatively safe while they clung to their craft for flotation, so he raced off to find the other two paddlers.

He found them being towed by two paddlers in a second smaller craft. 

"Darren rescued these two paddlers from the water. He then ensured that the two paddlers on the smaller paddle craft were safe and then he raced back to rescue the original three paddlers, getting all five of them safely onto his boat," said Lambinon.

"They were all hypothermic and Darren transported them to the sea rescue base in Simonstown where they were treated for hypothermia by CMR [Cape Medical Response] paramedics and they required no further assistance," said Lambinon.

Took on water

It turned out that the group had set off in two craft - five on one and two on the other - when the bigger craft took on water.

Three of the paddlers stayed with the semi-submerged boat and the two-man crew started towing the other two back to shore. The bigger craft was towed back by the NSRI rescue boat.

Further afield in Port Edward, KwaZulu-Natal, the local NSRI was activated after a report that the fishing boat, Lady Atlantis, had hit a rock while launching and a propeller had broken off.

Local fisherman Peter Brereton rescued all four fishermen off the boat in relays using his jet-ski.

The boat was put to anchor behind the breakers because of the rough sea conditions and was towed to shore by the NSRI later in the day.

Lambinon commended Brereton for his actions.

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