3 hurt as yacht strikes whale near Fish Hoek

2015-09-26 22:42
The damaged boat is docked after a whale struck it in Fish Hoek. (Supplied, NSRI)

The damaged boat is docked after a whale struck it in Fish Hoek. (Supplied, NSRI)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Cape Town - Three people were injured when their yacht struck a whale near Fish Hoek on Saturday.

NSRI Simon’s Town station commander Darren Zimmerman said its duty crew was activated after reports of distress were received from the False Bay Yacht Club of the 35-foot yacht Bad Habit, with 7 crew members on board, which had made the call at about 12:15.

The yacht, which was taking part in the annual FBYC Spring Regatta, reported to be taking water and sinking one nautical mile off-shore of Fish Hoek.

"The yacht had struck a whale accidentally while sailing at about 13 knots – or 24km/h - causing the transom mounted rudder to be ripped off the yacht, leaving a hole about half a meter wide below stern deck and causing a sudden and massive inflow of water,” Zimmerman said in a statement.

The yacht crew reacted by using life-jackets, sails, seat cushions and “whatever loose bits and pieces of the yacht they could to plug the hole to stem the ingress of water”.

“It seems even their own bodies were used in their efforts to plug the hole that had been caused. Crew also bailed water using buckets.

"On our arrival on the scene we took the yacht under tow and, with the forward movement of the yacht further assisting to stem the water ingress, the seven yacht crew stayed onboard to continue their bold efforts to plug the hole and to continue to bail water.”

At the Simon’s Town harbour, water pumps were used to extricate more water from the boat and a 44 gallon drum was positioned on the bow of the yacht and filled with water to weigh the front of the yacht down and help to keep the yacht stern out of the water, Zimmerman said.

A carry lift then hoisted the yacht out of the water.

A woman was treated for hypothermia and near drowning after swallowing water while stemming the inflow of water through a hole in the yacht, another crew member was treated for soft tissue injuries and another sustained a minor injury of a cut to the lip, caused by a tow line. The rest of the crew were uninjured.

"It was revealed that [on Friday] the same yacht had struck a whale while sailing," Zimmerman added.

Read more on:    cape town  |  maritime

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Financial advisors – Do you need one and should you get one?

The good, the bad, and everything else you need to know when considering hiring a financial advisor.


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.