08 June 2005

Mossel Bay pair rescued after being swept off yacht

A pair of Mossel Bay residents were rescued after being swept off their yacht by crashing waves on Tuesday, the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) said.

Barbara Lang and Leon Gouws were both found floating in the sea, having fallen off a 45-foot yacht called Opera, said NSRI Knysna station commander Mike Elliot.

"Both had been thrown into the water, near the Knysna Heads, after the vessel was knocked flat by waves," Elliot said.

"Lang was taken to hospital for minor injuries and Gouws required no further assistance after being assessed by medics."

The vessel docked safely in Knysna.

Of the remaining crewmen, Errol Lischman was taken to hospital for stitches to a back laceration, Elliot said.

Source: www.news24.com


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