Alan Meiklejohn, NSRI Gordon’s Bay station commander, said:
At 13h16, Saturday, 27 March, NSRI Gordon’s Bay duty crew were activated following reports of a fishing vessel on fire in Gordon’s Bay harbour.
NSRI Gordon’s Bay crew, GB Med Sec ambulance services, CoCT (City of Cape Town) Fire and Rescue Services and the SA Police Services responded.
While responding to the scene NSRI crew and paramedics from GB Med Sec ambulance services were stopped along the road by a vehicle that was rushing a burns patient (from the Gordon’s Bay harbour fishing vessel fire) to hospital.
The adult male was treated by paramedics and he was transported to hospital in a serious condition by a GB Med Sec ambulance.
NSRI crew, the Fire Department and emergency services arrived at the fishing vessel, moored at the harbour, where the fire had been extinguished and precautions were initiated to prevent the fire from flaring up on the fiberglass vessel.
While it appears that the fire started during refueling of the vessel investigations by authorities will determine the cause of the fire.