Ten sailors saved from drowning
By Tina George
24 August 2007
The National Sea Rescue Institute and two Air Force helicopters responded 24 maritime miles offshore of Fish River on Thursday, following the report of a sunken boat.
“On arrival of the scene it was confirmed that the Octopus had taken seven survivors on board that they had rescued from life-rafts,’ says NSRI spokesperson Craig Lambinon.
A further three crew members, including the ship’s Captain were rescued by one of the helicopters after an NSRI rescue swimmer was deployed into the water to secure them.
“Following a brief search the eleventh crewman was found floating in the water in his lifejacket and an NSRI rescue swimmer was deployed to recover him, says Lambinon.
He was confirmed to be deceased on the scene.