Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Dramatic sea rescue off east coast of Africa

Mishkah Anthony
9 july 2008


The Cape Town Marine Rescue Co-ordination Centre says 36 crew members were rescued after a Spanish fishing vessel caught fire and sank off the east coast of Southern Africa.

The Durban-based fishing vessel, Galaxy, rescued the crew and was assisted by the Niko Maru No 1 from Walvis Bay.

The stricken Galaecia was about 900 nautical miles east of East London when it sent out a distress call. International rescue centres received several calls saying the vessel was on fire and the crew was boarding life-rafts.

All vessels in the area were asked to help the sinking Galaecia. The crew is believed to be in good health.

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