Thursday, 21 February 2013

SEA RESCUE – DURBAN – Wednesday, 20th February, 2013. 3 young men on capsized Hobie Cat assisted

Clifford Ireland, NSRI Durban station commander, said:

"On Wednesday, 20th February, at 12h10, NSRI Durban volunteer sea rescue duty crew were activated by the Transnet National Ports Authority following eye-witness reports of an overturned boat approximately 3 nautical miles off-shore of Durban's Port.

"Our NSRI Durban volunteer sea rescue duty crew launched our sea rescue craft MEGAN II and on arrival on-scene found a Hobie Cat, with three males aged approximately 22, all from Durban, on a Hobie Cat being assisted by the crew of an unidentified yacht that was alongside them when our sea rescue craft arrived on the scene. They were 1 nautical mile off-shore and we suspect that the yacht may have towed them closer towards shore.

"They were taken onboard our sea rescue craft and brought to shore safely and their Hobie Cat was recovered.

"One man was treated at our sea rescue base for mild hypothermia, the other two men were not injured, and following treatment to the one man, who was mildly hypothermic, all were released requiring no further assistance.

"They had launched earlier from the Point Yacht Club Vetchies Beach Site and had capsized off-shore of the Port of Durban in rough sea conditions in a 40 knot wind."


Released by:

Craig Lambinon
Sea Rescue Communications

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