Rubber duck with no passengers found at sea in Simons Town – photo

 

 A rubber duck boat has been found adrift off Cape Point  with no passengers on board early this morning , 22 December 2012.

Photo: NSRI

The NSRI is appealing to anyone who has information to contact them. It is unknown if there were occupants on board who are now safe ashore or whether they are missing at sea.  The only writing on the boat is the a name ‘H. Landers’ stenciled onto one of the dive cylinders. 

At 7 am NSRI Simons Town volunteers were called out following reports of a rubber duck, that was found by the recreational fishing boat RED-EYE, drifting 4 nautical miles south of Cape Point with no persons on board.

 Darren Zimmerman, NSRI Simons Town station commander, says the boat was found drifiting at sea by early morning fishermen.  NSRI Simons Town’s Sea Rescue boat Spirit of SafmarineIII, was at Cape Point  monitoring a paddle race, but was quickly on-scene.

TheNSRI duty crew found a 4.2 meter rubber-duck with a sit down center console, a grey hull with yellow stripes, two Yamaha 40 horse power motors (in  good condition), 2 dive bags with diving equipment and 3 dive cylinders.   “The rubber-duck has been towed to Simons Town harbour and handed over to Police who are investigating,” says Zimmermann.

 “No reports of anyone overdue or missing have been reported and it is unknown where any occupants, who may have been on the boat, are.”

 Sea Rescue is appealing to anyone who may recognise the description of the boat to come forward and to call Simons Town Police Station at 021 786 8640 or the NSRI emergency line at 021-4493500.

 “We are appealing for information in order to establish if occupants who were on board this boat are safe and are not missing, says Zimmermann.”

A photo fo the boat will be available later.

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