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Picture attached: By NSRI Gordons Bay: - The casualty pencil rubber-duck being recovered at Strand Beach with NSRI sea rescue craft Spirit of Surfski in the background.
Alan Meiklejohn, NSRI Gordons Bay station commander, said:At 14h40, Thursday, 09 June, NSRI Gordons Bay duty crew were activated by the Transnet National Ports Authority following reports of an object, appearing to be a container, floating off-shore of Gordons Bay.The sea rescue craft Spirit of Surfski launched and on arrival on the scene a 3 meter container was located and recovered from the water and it appears to be a fuel cell most likely washed off a boat during the stormThen at 15h54 NSRI Gordons Bay duty crew were activated and launched the sea rescue craft Spirit of Surfski and a sea rescue vehicle and GB Med Security ambulance responded to off-shore of the Strand Surf Lifesaving Club where a pencil rubber-duck with 2 persons onboard had capsized in rough sea conditions and rough breaking swells of 2.5 to 3 meters.It appears that they had been attempting to ride the waves with their pencil rubber-duck in the rough sea conditions.The 2 men, a father and his son, aged 54 and 20, locals, had been thrown out of the boat when it capsized and they deployed red distress flares.Eye-witnesses alerted sea rescue after seeing the red distress and the 2 men in trouble in the water.On arrival on the scene the sea rescue craft rescued both men from the water and brought them to the beach where they were treated for hypothermia by GB Med Security paramedics and following treatment they required no further assistance.The NSRI sea rescue craft then went back out to recover their boat which was brought to the slip way and recovered onto their trailer and no further assistance was required.The public are commended for swiftly alerting the NSRI after observing the red distress flares and seeing the two men in trouble.
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