DURBAN – Wednesday, 20th February, 2013. Three young men on capsized Hobie Cat assisted:
On Wednesday 20th February at 12h10, NSRI Durban volunteers 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.
Clifford Ireland, NSRI Durban station commander, said that the Durban duty crew launched MEGAN II and on arrival on-scene found a Hobie Cat, with three men in their early 20’s being assisted by the crew of a yacht. 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. Their Hobie Cat was recovered.
One man was treated at our sea rescue base for mild hypothermia, the other two men were not injured. Following treatment to the man who was mildly hypothermic, all were released.
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.