A local man was assisted after he swam after the roof of his Day Cruiser Boat which was reportedly blown off the boat earlier on the lagoon.
According to NSRI Knysna station commander Jerome Simonis, the NSRI Knysna duty crew were activated at17h01, Friday, 25 September following eye-witness reports of an unidentified object afloat on Knysna Lagoon and drifting towards The Knysna Heads.
“Eye-witnesses reported an object described as maybe being the wing of an aeroplane, or the upturned hull of a boat, adrift in The Knysna Heads in strong 25 knot Westerly winds.”
The NSRI duty crew responded and on arrival on the scene, the crew found a local man who had swum out to what was identified as the roof of his Day Cruiser Boat.
The man was taken onboard and a towline was established to hold the roof from drifting any further and it was towed back to the shore.
It was later established that the crew onboard the local man’s Day Cruiser Boat alerted him that the roof of his boat had blown away in strong winds and was drifting towards The Heads.
When the man arrived on the shore and he swam out to the roof and attached a towline to attempt to swim the roof to shore but in the strong winds the large roof was being blown further out towards The Heads.