One survivor and two deceased in tragic boating accident

RESCUED: The boat, Sea Breeze, from which three fishermen were  washed into the sea on Friday morning, being towed back to dock after the incident Picture: ROB KNOWLES

Media release from the National Sea Rescue Institute

Port Alfred Station 11

Compiled by Stephen Slade, NSRI Port Alfred deputy station commander

“At 11.08am on Friday August 16, NSRI Port Alfred duty crew were activated following reports of a boat believed to have been broadsided by a wave in the Kowie River Mouth. It was believed the boat with three local males on board was returning from sea and causing the three occupants to go overboard.

“Our sea rescue craft, Rescue 11 Alpha, was launched and our sea rescue vehicle, EC Government Health EMS, Gardmed ambulance services, Ndlambe Fire and Rescue Services, Ndlambe Disaster Risk Management officers and the SA Police Services responded.

“On arrival on the scene, a 26-foot local commercial fishing boat was found washed against rocks on the East Pier of the Kowie River Mouth.

“One male survivor, age 47, was recovered from rocks at East Beach and two males, age 81 and 55, were recovered from the surf and rescued onto our sea rescue craft and brought onto East Beach with CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) efforts being applied to both men. CPR efforts were continued by paramedics but, sadly after all extensive CPR efforts were exhausted, the two men were pronouced dead. The survivor was transported to hospital by ambulance in a serious but stable condition in the care of paramedics for further medical treatment in hospital.

“The bodies of the two deceased men have been taken into the care of the Forensic Pathology Services.

“The joint emergency services convey condolences to the family and friends of the deceased,” said Slade.

“Police have opened an inquest docket.”

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