Hero son got help for his father after their boat capsized. He swam from the boat to the shore then hiked to find someone with a cellphone. He saved the day!
A father and son were sailing their yacht when it capsized just off the coast of Richards Bay on Thursday morning. The boat was about a half a nautical mile from the shoreline when it happened. The incident happened at about 07:00am.
While the father clung to the upturned hull of the boat his son swam the distance from the boat to the shore. The swim was about 600m. Without resting he went in search of someone with a cellphone. He hiked for an hour or so before finding someone to make the call for assistance.
“The five-metre boat had capsized with two people on board around 07:00, the rescue team was activated just before 10:00.” – National Sea Rescue Institute spokesperson Craig Lambinon.
“NSRI Richards Bay launched the sea rescue craft Spirit of Richards Bay and Spirit of Round Table II and on arrival on the scene found the dad at the capsized 5 meter boat Kaikala and he was rescued onto the sea rescue craft and he is not injured.”
Thankfully the father had no injuries and was transferred to the rescue boat easily. The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) was able to get the boat back up right. The yacht was towed to the Richards Bay harbour.
The father and his hero son are from Leandra in Mpumalanga and both are members at the Zululand Yacht Club. They were reunited with each other back on dry land.