The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) rescued three people on Tuesday night after a 13.7m (45ft) luxury power yacht crashed along Robben Island, reports say.

According to Times Live, the vessel ran aground in dense fog on the eastern side of the island.

“On arrival at the scene, in calm seas and dense fog, the vessel was found to be hard aground and listing.

“A rescue swimmer was deployed to swim and wade to the vessel. In relays of one at a time, the three crew were assisted to shore by the NSRI rescue swimmer and were assisted by the department of forestry, fisheries, and the environment officers on the land side,” the report quoted NSRI spokesperson Craig Lambinon as saying.

Rescue crew were dispatched at around 20:00 and the rescue operation ended at around 01:00.

IOL quoted NSRI Table Bay station commander Marc de Vos as saying the three men were not injured.

“The three men, aged 48, 52, and 66, from Durbanville, were brought to our NSRI Table Bay sea rescue station aboard our sea rescue craft and they were transported to their vehicles.

“They were not injured and no further assistance was required.”

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