NSRI assists capsized boat off the Point

Andre Fraser, NSRI Mossel Bay station commander, said:  At 12h09, Monday, 02 April, NSRI Mossel Bay duty crew were activated following reports of a boat capsized off-shore of The Point.

Our sea rescue craft St Blaze Rescuer was launched and our sea rescue vehicle, the SA Police Services, Mossel Bay Fire and Rescue Services, By Grace ambulance services and WC Government Health EMS responded.

On arrival on the scene 4 crew members of the capsized boat H2O Sniper were all accounted for and washed up on the shore.

The skipper, from Mossel Bay and his 3 crew members, 1 man from George and 2 men from Bellville, were checked out by paramedics and only the skipper suffered a fish hook that penetrated his leg and paramedics assisted to remove the fish hook from his leg on the scene and he was patched up and the casualty crew, suffering only minor cuts and bruises, required no further medical treatment.

Attempts were made by our NSRI rescue swimmers to swim a line out to our sea rescue craft to try to tow the boat away from rocks but all attempts were not successful and the sea rescue craft was not able to reach close enough to the casualty boat to attempt a recovery from the sea side.

Then assisted by Meyers Towing Services we were able to pull the boat out over rocks using a winch and their towing facility and once the boat was recovered no further assistance was required.

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