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article imageMissing South African fishermen rescued

By Christopher Szabo     May 21, 2010 in World
Cape Town - The two South African fishermen who went missing off the country’s west coast have been rescued by a combined civilian and military search.
At around noon Thursday, two men fitting the description of the missing men along with a boat were seen on a remote beach 26 nautical miles north of Honderklipbaai in South Africa’s Northern Cape province.
The two men were found in good physical condition and very relieved when the rescue party reached them. According to a media release from the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) one of their station commanders, Darius van Niekerk, said:
The two men were overwhelmed with emotion on meeting up with the arriving rescue party.
A South African Air Force (SAAF) Dakota, based at Ysterplaat in Cape Town, had continued to observe the men:
The crew aboard the Dakota had continued to fly low level sorties over the two men until the rescue party arrived.
Van Niekerk said:
Both men were found to not be injured and while they were being transported to Honderklipbaai the Police went to their homes to fetch their families and they were reunited with their emotional families on arrival in Honderklipbaai.
Honderklipbaai is on South Africa’s west coast, roughly half way between Cape Town and the Namibian border.
The NSRI release went on to say:
The two men, Pascal van Rooyen, 49, and Andries Klaas, 23, were grateful for the effort that went into finding them and have vowed to never go to sea again without their red distress flares. It is suspected that they drifted some 19 nautical miles from their suspected position last night although this cannot be confirmed as they weren’t exactly sure of where they were last night in the thick fog.”
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