Eight men were rescued and the search for one more continues after their ski boat capsized at sea off Durban on Thursday evening.
Paul Bevis of the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) in Durban said Team was activated around 8:00pm after receiving a report that a ski boat was taking water off shore.
“It appears that the ski boat may have suffered an engine failure before exiting the harbor entrance from Durban, the vessel capsized off the coast of Vetchies.”
Police also joined the rescue effort.
“Upon arrival at the scene, our NSRI rescue boat found a private ski boat -Catamaran recovered from the water in front of eight people. The survivors have reported that one person is still missing,” Bevis said.
NSRI instructed the private ship’s skipper to take the survivors to the rescue base.
“The eight males Survivors were treated for hypothermia and shock.”
One man was taken to the hospital for observation for nonfatal drowning symptoms and treatment for hypothermia.
“We got the capsized ski boat 800 meters away located off the coast of Vetchies. An NSRI lifeguard was sent into the water to free dive to search under the hull of the capsized ship.
“The ship was towed north of Vetchies Beach to help open the Port of Durban to shipping traffic to open. ”
“Despite an extensive search into the early hours of the morning, there is no sign of the missing person.
“Police divers will continue the search for the man.”
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