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Two men rescued at Cape St Francis after their boat capsized

Jun 12, 2018
Two men rescued at Cape St Francis after their boat capsized

Two men were rescued at Cape St Francis after their boat capsized after it was apparently hit by a freak wave while they were fishing on Tuesday morning.

According to Sarah Smith, National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) St Francis Bay station commander, said just before 10h00, the NSRI St Francis Bay duty crew were activated following eye-witness reports of a boat capsized almost a nautical mile off-shore of the Krom River Mouth.

"NSRI rescue swimmers responded directly to the scene while our sea rescue craft Spirit of St Francis II and Rescue 21 Alpha were launched," she said.

"Eastern Cape Government Health EMS were activated and responded.

"On arrival, on the scene we found that a crew aboard a local rubber duck had rescued two men, who they found in the water at the capsized boat Nemo a nautical mile off-shore and they had brought both men, aged 40 and 46, to the beach."

Smith said that it appears that while fishing from their boat, a wave is suspected to have capsized their boat.

"They had been in the water for at least an hour and a half before eye-witnesses on the beach noticed the boat adrift at sea and raised the alarm."

The NSRI used their Rescue Runner to bring both men to the NSRI rescue craft and they were both brought to the institute's sea rescue base where EMS paramedics attended to the men for minor injuries, shock and mild hypothermia but they declined being transported to hospital and they were advised on precautions for non-fatal drowning symptoms.

"They are expecting that the tide washes their capsized boat ashore to be recovered," she said.

"NSRI commend the rescue effort by the crew of the private rubber-duck."