'At least nine missing people': Rescue operation underway as boat capsizes off South Africa coast

Local reports in Cape town have cited that there are "at least nine missing people" on the coast as an inflatable raft capsized today (February 27).

The vessel had consisted of a crew of 11 people and capsized in rough seas.

It is suspected that the boat was an inflatable raft and the crew were fishermen who suspected to be out on the water in the early hours of the morning.

Two passengers managed to swim ashore and alerted authorities, while another two were airlifted by a South African Airforce Helicopter just after midday.