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Whale flipper mistaken for wind surfer in trouble in Port Alfred

OCTOBER 10, 2016
Whale flipper mistaken for wind surfer in trouble in Port Alfred

The National Sea Rescue (NSRI) in Port Alfred on Sunday morning dispatched a crew out to sea in Kenton-on-Sea following eye-witness reports of a wind surfer suspected to be in difficulty off-shore of Kenton-on-Sea.

"On arrival on-scene, using binoculars, it was confirmed that a whale, lifting a flipper in and out the water while swimming against the wind and against the currents, was mistaken to appear to be a wind surfer's sail falling over and being pulled back up giving the impression of being a wind surfer in trouble," said NSRI spokesperson, Craig Lambinon.

"Being a false alarm with good intentions the eye-witnesses were commended for raising the alarm suspecting this to be a wind surfer in difficulty."