Boat capsizes all 11 crew, a local skipper, 6 Dutch tourists and 4 German tourists rescued:

Jerome Simonis, NSRI Knysna station commander, said:

At 13h21, Wednesday, 04th July, NSRI Knysna duty crew were activated following a report from the restaurant staff at East Head Cafe who witnessed a boat capsize in the Knysna Heads, just North of Island Rock.

Our NSRI duty crew responded to our sea rescue base and the sea rescue craft Eileen Meadway, Jaytee IV and Jolen were launched and we arrived on the scene within 7 minutes of being activated.

NSRI shore crew including 2 NSRI station doctors responded to our sea rescue base to stand-by.

ER24 ambulance services, WC Government Health EMS, SA Police Services, Knysna Fire and Rescue Services and SA National Park rangers had also been activated.

All 11 people onboard the capsized charter 8.9 meter rigid inflatable boat Moonraker, of Knysna Rib Adventures, were rescued onto sea rescue craft and they were brought safely to shore to our sea rescue base where NSRI medical crew and our 2 NSRI doctors medically triaged patients and only 2 were found to be in need of medical care (a husband and wife, from The Netherlands, were treated for non-fatal drowning symptoms. The husband who also has a pre-existing medical condition, along with his wife, were transported to hospital as a precaution).

Sea conditions were 3 to 4 meter swells.

The casualty crew include a local male skipper and 8 male and 3 female tourists, 6 are from the Netherlands and 4 are from Germany.

The remaining 8 tourists and the local skipper, are not injured, and the 8 tourists have been transported to their various respective lodgings in Knysna.

The casualty boat has not been recovered and remains in rough waters at the Western side of Knysna Heads.

Once sea conditions are favourable the owners will investigate recovery of the casualty boat.

SAMSA (South African Maritime Safety Authority) will investigate the capsizing.

NSRI can confirm that both the husband and wife transported to hospital are well and their release from hospital is imminant.



8 Responses to “Boat capsizes all 11 crew, a local skipper, 6 Dutch tourists and 4 German tourists rescued:”

  1. Adi
    04. Jul, 2018 at 17:00 #

    Brilliant folks

  2. Brad Geyser - NSRI OSC Region 1 Rep
    04. Jul, 2018 at 17:17 #

    Well done all. Fantastic outcome!

  3. Adam Hellyer
    04. Jul, 2018 at 17:55 #

    My family and I were visiting the Heads when these events unfolded. It is great to hear that all ended well. Congratulations to the brave responders. Thank you for the amazing work you do.

  4. A Read
    04. Jul, 2018 at 18:36 #

    Fantastic that nobody was seriously injured.Well done on quick response. Sea temp was 11 degrees which hastens hypothermia.It was also change of Neap tide with a gentle incoming tide. A heavy outgoing Spring tide would have made matters more serious. Would like to hear from the passengers the whole story and how it happened?

  5. Simon Hodgson
    05. Jul, 2018 at 08:38 #

    Dear Sir, I watched the whole episode unfold as I was fishing off the rock called Elft Kranz at Coney Glen at the time of the incident. I have fished this spot for over 40 years and this is not the first incident of this type I have witnessed. I have video of the rescue which I started taking after l saw the vessel capsized. My prayers were for the safety of both the unfortunates and the NSRI crew. Good to hear they all got out safely. Regards Simon Hodgson

  6. Peer Iuel
    05. Jul, 2018 at 09:39 #

    Awesome effort guys, well done!

  7. Andy Connell
    05. Jul, 2018 at 18:40 #

    No press release can do justice to how this event was responded to.
    To Jerome and his crew and the agencies that supported this incident,
    The team from Station 29 salutes you all in awe of what your training and fast reactions did to change the outcome of this incident into such a success story, this definitely calls for a visit to heat the real stories as it all unfolded.
    The Knysna community and environment is very fortunate to have a team like yours able to respond so swiftly.

  8. Bongani Cele
    23. Jul, 2018 at 15:01 #

    Well done and many thanks to the rescue team, the medical team plus others who assisted.

    This is further proof that the little contribution that we make can result in fantastic outcomes and save lives .

    Keep up the good work.

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