Reinard Geldenhuys, NSRI Agulhas station commander, said:
At 19h30, Monday, 21st November, NSRI Agulhas duty crew were activated following reports of red distress flares sighted off-shore of Struis Baai Harbour.
Our duty crew responded to the harbour to investigate finding a small rubber-duck capsized approximately 500 meters off-shore of the harbour with two men clinging onto the upturned hull of the boat.
The sea rescue craft I&J Rescuer IV was launched and both men were rescued on board our sea rescue craft and brought safely to shore and handed into the care of our shore crew.
The two men, from Struis Baai, aged in their 30’s, were not injured. They had been returning from a normal day of fishing when their boat was capsized by waves while returning to Struis Baai harbour.
Our sea rescue craft returned to their boat, still in the capsized position 500 meters off-shore, and in rough sea conditions, in an operation lasting an hour, the rubber-duck was righted and towed into the harbour safely and no further assistance was required.
“Uitstekende werk deur almal by die stasie om die operasie n sukses temaak. Flare report to two victims safe on land : 15 minutes. Well done!”
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