VICTORIA, Seychelles (eTN) - In what has been termed a miraculous escape amongst the maritime fraternity on the Seychelles, was the three man crew of the ferry boat “Le Cerf” rescued after their vessel sank in a storm while returning to base in Mahe.
Owned by Mason’s Travel, one of the Seychelles leading DMC’s, the vessel was en route back from Denis Islands when it was struck by freak waves, damaging the hull and taking on water.
The experienced skipper sent an immediate SOS out which was picked up by the Seychelles coast guard, which dispatched a rescue mission immediately, but the crew was rescued by a Praslin based yacht, after being adrift for over 4 hours since abandoning their sinking vessel.
A source in Victoria attributed the rescue and safe return of the crew to the regular safety training and to presence of all required safety equipment like rafts, life vests and other items, that can help to survive a potential ship wreck.It is always heartening to report a happy-ending news -- even though no detail information about the freaque wave caused this mishap as we would like to hear. But a good news is a good news, keep it coming!!