NSRI assists capsized boat

Marc Rodgers, NSRI Plettenberg Bay station commander, said: At 07h24, Sunday, 14th July, NSRI Plettenberg Bay duty crew were activated following reports of a boat capsized in the Keurbooms River Mouth.

Our Discovery rescue runner and Ray Farnham Rescuer were launched and our NSRI rescue vehicle and NSRI rescue crew responded to the scene.

On arrival on the scene, the 6 crew of the capsized boat were found safely ashore and only one adult male sustained injuries. They had managed to wade ashore through shallow surf after their boat capsized in the surf line in shallow surf and may have hit a sandbank that may have contributed to the boat capsizing.

The casualty crew was transported to our sea rescue station aboard our sea rescue craft and the injured man was attended to by Medlife paramedics and following treatment, he required no further assistance.

NSRI crew waded through shallow surf to recover equipment belonging to the casualty crew that was lost overboard when their boat capsized.

The casualty ski-boat was towed in the capsized position to our sea rescue base where it has been righted and recovered and no further assistance was required.

It appears the after the boat capsized, while exiting the Keurbooms River Mouth to go to sea to go fishing, only one adult male got out from the boat and he assisted the 3 adult males and 2 children, who were trapped underneath the boat, to get out from under the boat through a gap and they waded safely ashore.

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