Two South Africans are still missing after two SADC Special Forces boats capsized in Namibia three days ago.
According to a written statement issued by the Department of Defence and released on Tuesday (08/10/13) sixteen crew members were involved in the incident of whom 11 swam to safety and two were picked up by Angolan boats. One member from Malawi drowned and washed out on the beach.
Two South Africans are still missing and emergency services are conducting an extensive search and rescue for them.
According to the department a Seaborne Group was en route to Sandwich Harbour in Walvis Bay for a beach landing exercise on the evening of 5 October when one boat executed a power turn and a huge wave flooded it with water. As a result it capsized. Another Barracuda boat went to the rescue and members on the distressed boat scrambled to the one side of the rescuing boat causing it to tilt and capsize.
The two boats were washed out 10 miles away and were recovered.