The Ski-Boat Big Mamma capsized in heavy surf with eight people on board yesterday. The boat was practically destroyed and the eight people on board suffered light to fairly serious injuries.
National Sea Rescue Institute station commander Marl Harlen said in a statement after the accident it appeared that the boat capsized while powering through the surf seaward with a local skipper, a crewman and six passengers, all believed to be from Gauteng, on board. The accident happened at the Sonny Evans Small Craft Harbour.
Initially, it was feared that two men had either drowned or been trapped inside the capsized boat. An extensive search and rescue operation was undertaken immediately, and locals and bystanders joined in to help the people in the water. A subsequent head count showed that all eight on board had been rescued, and they were treated by paramedics. The skipper, Jan Olivier, who was initially trapped in the cabin of the boat, was reasonably seriously injured and suffered suspected fractured ribs, but he is in a stable condition and is expected to recover fully. Three of the Gauteng passengers were transported to hospital for observation, and all eight were treated for hypothermia, shock, near drowning symptoms and exhaustion.
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