Andre Fraser, NSRI Mossel Bay station commander, said:
“At 17h18, Wednesday on 10th September, NSRI Mossel Bay duty crew, while out on the water on a routine sea rescue training exercise aboard VODACOM RESCUER IV, were activated by the Transnet National Ports Authority following reports from an eye-witness of two people on a pencil rubber duck, off DeBakke, Mossel Bay, appearing to be attempting to fire off red distress flares.
“According to the eye-witness the red distress flares appeared to be failing to deploy but it appeared evident that the intention of the two people aboard the pencil rubber duck, which was drifting and not under power, was to raise awareness of a possible problem aboard.
“Our sea rescue craft, nearby to the incident at the time, diverted to investigate and found a father and son aboard the pencil rubber duck which had earlier been swamped by a wave and had lost motor power.
“The father and son were not injured and they were towed by VODACOM RESCUER IV to the harbour where they required no further assistance.”