Late yesterday afternoon, NSRI Jeffreys Bay and St Francis Bay volunteer sea rescue duty crews were activated following reports of red distress flares being observed coming from a boat offshore of Aston Bay.
“Our sea rescue duty crews launched and NSRI rescue swimmers responded directly to the scene and upon arrival we spotted the boat about 800 meters offshore and there were people in the water,” said Rieghard Janse van Rensburg, NSRI Jeffreys Bay station commander.
“The NSRI rescue swimmer swam out to the boat and found 6 divers, all local adult males, in the water and two people on the boat. The divers had abandoned the boat and were attempting to swim to shore after the boat had suffered mechanical engine failure.
“The rescue swimmer and the Discovery Rescue Runner assisted the 6 divers ashore and Spirit of st Francis II took the casualty boat under tow.
One of the two men on the boat had sustained an injury to his leg and was was treated,” added van Rensburg.
The casualty boat was then towed to Port St Francis.
The injured man was advised to have his leg attended to but once ashore the men required no further assistance.