Stephen Slade, NSRI Port Alfred deputy station commander, said:

“At 07h12, Sunday, 13th January, NSRI Station 11 Port Alfred, GuardMed Ambulance Services and the SA Police Services responded to East Beach where some of the crew of a six-metre Buttcat boat had reportedly fallen out of the boat in the surf when the craft had attempted to turn into the waves.

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The sea rescue craft Rescue 11 Alpha was launched.

Of a total crew of six, all adult males, that were on the boat when it was swamped by a wave, three had fallen out the boat when the boat turned in a wave.

One man had been recovered onto the boat. One man had reached the Pier and was able to reach safety. One man was rescued onto the sea rescue craft.

The casualty craft beached on East Beach and was later recovered with the assistance of a Breakdown Recovery Service.

Two men were treated for injuries, the man who had reached the pier and the man who was rescued by the NSRI were both treated for non-fatal drowning symptoms, scrapes and bruises, and transported to the hospital by GuardMed ambulance in a stable condition.”

The following photographs of the incident were submitted to Talk of the Town by Herman Groenewald of LaMann Photography:

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