W Cape men rescued at sea

2013-08-11 21:03

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Johannesburg - Four men were rescued after their rubber duck drifted 22km off-shore near Hangklip in the Western Cape on Sunday, said the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) in Hermanus.

NSRI spokesperson Craig Lambinon said in a statement that it appeared that the men had launched the rubber duck on Saturday night, but they experienced mechanical failure.

It was believed that their anchor dragged until they were in deep water where they drifted further without power, Lambinon said.

The NSRI launched a search at 05:00 although the men had no idea how far out at sea or in which direction they had drifted.

"At midday the men reported to be close to ships in the shipping lanes and they were soon rescued."

He said the men were discovered unharmed with no life-jackets or safety equipment on board.

Lambinon urged boaters to wear life-jackets at all times; to carry red distress flares as well as a hand-held navigation device and a water proof torch.

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