Umhlanga: Boat pair rescued

2013-05-20 00:00

TWO men in a rubber dinghy were rescued off the coast of Um­hlanga on Saturday after the battery died, leaving them unable to start the engine.

In an effort to get help, Quentin van der Mescht (34) and Gustav Keet (65), both of Kingsburgh, began paddling towards a nearby tanker.

Clifford Ireland, the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) Durban station commander, said they picked up a radio message at 1.20 pm from the tanker Wappen von Bremen. The ship’s crew had informed the Transnet National Ports Authority of the two men, who were signalling that they were in need of help.

The NSRI’s sea rescue craft, Megan II, towed the five-metre dinghy to Vetch’s beach, where the men beached safely, he said.

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