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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  • npretorius2 - 2012-02-29 12:28

    Drag it deeper into the ocean and feed the whites...

      Mangoplanet - 2012-02-29 14:57

      Why must it always be about the whites? Haven't they been fed enough in this country? What about the poor black marlins that are starving out there? Let's rather feed them.

      ettienne.pel - 2012-06-04 10:33

      @ Mangoplanet. You clearly make foolish comments. Move on and get out of your racial environment. We are 18 years ahead and still you cry foul. Talk to your government. This is not the platform!

  • Robin - 2012-02-29 12:30

    Would it not have been better to tow it way out beyond the Agulhas Current where it will not wash ashore. Once on the beach it becomes a monumental task to chop it up for burial and imagine the stench!

  • JohhnyBGood - 2012-02-29 12:37

    Well, some 'food' for thought

  • Cast53 - 2012-02-29 12:42

    Where is the chinese when you need them???

      Heinrich - 2012-02-29 13:15

      Laughing out loud, you are so wrong... but thanks for a good chuckle

  • Andre - 2012-02-29 12:43

    blow it up there and then, it will be eaten by things in the sea, and will not wash upon shore

      Mark - 2012-02-29 12:54

      I bet the silly NSRI members forgot their explosives in the office, that's why they didn't bother blowing it up. ;-)

      Ken - 2012-02-29 13:35

      @Narike Have you never heard of tongue in cheek. Mark meant it as a joke

      Mark - 2012-02-29 14:10

      @Narike It seems that they could have used you to blow up the whale. Just a joke hey.

  • Ken - 2012-02-29 13:42

    "He said the carcass may be the same one reported earlier in the week floating near Robben Island" Just a thought, (and I know a whale isn't small) did NSIR see any evidence of sharks around the carcass or have we been 'overfishing' sharks

  • Muneer23 - 2012-02-29 16:54

    I see someone tendering a deal to tow away a dead whale

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