10 rescued after 2 boats get into trouble

2015-10-27 09:25


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Cape Town - Ten fishermen were rescued from two boats between Struisbaai and Witsand, the National Sea Rescue Institute said on Tuesday.

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Rescue teams were activated after the two Chucky fishing boats, Agulhas and Mrs H, requested urgent help just before 16:00 on Monday.

One vessel was sinking and the other at risk of running aground. There were five fishermen on each boat.

It appeared the Agulhas may have been caught in a channel after its motor failed, and the sister boat, Mrs H, took in water while trying to tow the Agulhas to safety.

"On arrival on the scene we found the local speed boat Dor-Jaq had launched and had rescued all 10 fishermen who were brought safely ashore, and there were no injuries," said NRSI Agulhas station commander Reinard Geldenhuys in a statement.

The Agulhas had washed ashore onto rocks and Mrs H is adrift semi-submerged at sea.

- Read more: Dead fishermen 'lived for the sea'

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