4 Hout Bay fisherman clinging to boat rescued by NSRI

NSRI Kommetjie volunteers rescued four community fishermen  off-shore of Kommetjie  yesterday afternoon, 13 June 2014.

The men were fetched one at time in relays by an NSRI swimmer and brought to the sea rescue craft and then to shore.

Tom Coetzee, NSRI Kommetjie station commander, said at  3.42 pm sea rescue duty crew were activated by the Transnet National Ports Authority after eye-witnesses reported red distress flares sighted off-shore of Kommetjie.

“Our NSRI Kommetjie volunteer sea rescue duty crew launched our sea rescue craft Spirit Of Winelands and our sea rescue vehicle and CMR (Cape Medical Response) responded.”

On arrival at the fishing boat, Siyazama Project 2, just north west of the Kommetjie slip way, at Boneyards Reef, the crew found the community fishermen, aged between 30 and 40,  clinging to the upturned hull of the capsized fishing vessel. The men were found to be suffering mild hypothermia but they were otherwise  uninjured.

“The men were brought safely to the Kommetjie slipway and handed into the care of the CMR paramedics and received rewarming treatment by the CMR paramedics but they did not require transportation to hospital,” Coetzee said.  “The NSRI sea rescue craft returned to the upturned boat and after attempts to right the boat at sea were unsuccessful the boat was towed in the capsized position to shallower water near to the Kommetjie slipway and the boat was righted by NSRI.

“Later, family of the men arrived to fetch them made arrangements to recover the boat. It appears that the boat may have capsized by a wave and once righted a hole was discovered in the hull suggesting that the boat may have hit a reef or an object before or after it capsized,” Coetzee added.

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