A Kalk Bay fisherman has described the capsizing of a boat last week, leaving one dead, another missing and a third hospitalised, as an act of God.
An extensive air-and-sea search was launched on Thursday June 27 after the vessel, Star Life, sailed out of Kalk Bay and capsized.
The fisherman, who did not want to be named, said he knew the three men. He said they were children of the sea and knew the water well.The ocean was more powerful than any man and if God decided “it was your time he will act”, the fisherman said.
Simon’s Town National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) station commander Darren Zimmerman said the three local men had launched the boat earlier on Thursday from Kalk Bay Harbour and were later reported missing.
During the air, sea and shoreline search, two of the missing men were located at sea clinging onto a buoy.
Mr Zimmerman said one man was declared dead while the other was lifted onto a sea rescue craft and transported to hospital in a critical condition after suffering from hypothermia.
The third man is still missing.
Blob: On Saturday, June 29, an NSRI duty crew were activated after a boat capsized at Noordhoek.
On arrival on the scene two local men were found washed ashore and their small boat was in a gully in the surf being pounded by heavy swells.
Mr Zimmerman said The two men were treated for lacerations and one of them was transported to hospital by ambulance in a stable condition.
Rescue swimmers using heavy rope were able recover the boat and no further assistance was required.