Friday, January 16, 2009

Eye-witnesses spot red distress flares near Kommetjie

By Cindy Witten
16 January 2009

Yesterday morning a boat capsized off-shore near Kommetjie. Eye-witnesses contacted the Transnet Ports Authority after seeing red distress flares. The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) was immediately alerted and responded to the call.

NSRI launched various rescue craft while the South African Police Services (SAPS) and a Police Dive Unit were placed on alert. NSRI’s Craig Lambinon says that rescue workers combed the area until late in the afternoon.
“A search of the area revealed a capsized boat washed up against the rocks. There was no sign of people in distress,” said Lambinon.

The NSRI has not yet received reports of any missing persons.
“We are appealing to anyone who might have information of a boat capsizing or red distress flares in the Kommetjie area yesterday afternoon, to contact the NSRI,” he said.

Anyone with information relating to this incident can contact the NSRI emergency telephone number (021) 4493500 or the SAPS on 10111.


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