Tragedy narrowly averted

A semi-rigid inflatable boat encountered engine trouble off Mile 8 on Saturday. On top of the engine trouble, the boat’s one pontoon also deflated, causing the vessel to partially sink.

A ski-boat which was catching snoek in the area raced to the four occupants of the stricken boat’s rescue. A towline was attached to the partially sunken boat and it was pulled to the shallows. With the snoek season here, boat owners are urged to ensure their vessels’ have the necessary emergency kit aboard and that boats are in a sea-worthy condition.

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