Two crewmen escape unscathed as boat washes up on rocks

2015-11-16 07:52

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Cape Town - Two crewmen managed to escape unscathed then their boat washed up at Hangklip on Sunday morning, the National Sea Rescue Institute confirmed.

NSRI Gordons Bay deputy station commander Francois Stevens in a statement said a team was activated at 09:15 after reports were received of red distress flares being sighted off-shore of Hangklip.

The crew attempted to determine from locals where the flares had been sighted and rescue swimmers were also dispatched to scour the shoreline, he said.

“During a shoreline search, a rubber-duck was found washed up on the rocks. The two crewman, aged in their early 50s, one from Goodwood and one from Bothasig, were ashore with their boat and they were not injured,” Stevens said.

“It appears that a rope was entangled in their motor propeller and while trying to remove the rope their anchor line then broke causing the boat, which sustained a cracked hull, to be washed up on the rocks.”

The crew assisted the duo to pull the boat above the high water mark and the crewmen have made arrangements to recover their boat, Stevens said.

In a separate incident, four people were assisted when their rubber duck suffered motor failure half a nautical mile off-shore of Kommetjie at 14:25.

A sea resuce craft was launched and on arrival at the scene in 3.5m swells, a local family of four – a mother, father, their son and an aunt - were found safe.

The two women and the boy were transferred onto the sea rescue craft while the man stayed onboard his craft as a tow-line was rigged and the casualty boat was towed safely to the Kommetjie slipway.

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