Six people, including two children, narrowly escaped death after their boat sank off Brighton Beach in Durban.
According to the National Sea Rescue Institute the group had been on a fishing trip when the incident occurred. However the boat skipper managed to call the institute from his cellphone for assistance.
NSRI spokesperson, Craig Lambinon, says all six people were found drifting in the water in their life-jackets.
Lambinon says the group was treated for mild hypothermia and shock but were unharmed. "During the search all six people were found together. They were rescued and bought in the NSIR boat and treated by Netcare 911 paramedics for mild hypothermia and were unharmed."
Lambinon added: "The South African maritime safety and authority will investigate the cause of the incident but all six people are safe."