A local man was assisted after he swam after the roof of his Day Cruiser Boat which was reportedly blown off the boat earlier on the lagoon.
Jerome Simonis, NSRI Knysna station commander, said:
At 17h01, Friday, 25 September, NSRI Knysna duty crew were activated following eye-witness reports of an unidentified object afloat on Knysna Lagoon and drifting towards The Knysna Heads.
Eye-witnesses reported an object described as maybe being the wing of an aeroplane, or the upturned hull of a boat, adrift in The Knysna Heads in strong 25 knot Westerly winds.
Our duty crew responded to our sea rescue station and launched our sea rescue jet-rib Katharine.
On arrival on the scene we found a local man who had swum out to what was identified as the roof of his Day Cruiser Boat.
The man was taken onboard our sea rescue jet-rib and a towline was established to hold the roof from drifting any further.
Our sea rescue craft Jaytee IV was launched and she was used to tow the roof to shore where it was beached and secured next to our sea rescue station and the roof will be recovered by the owner.
It appears that the crew onboard the local man’s Day Cruiser Boat alerted him that the roof of his boat had blown away in strong winds and was drifting towards The Heads.
He had arrived on the shore and he swam out to the roof and attached a towline to attempt to swim the roof to shore but in the strong winds the large roof was being blown further out towards The Heads when NSRI were alerted by eye-witnesses.