Boat tragedy: 'I waited to fall asleep'

2012-10-16 09:35
Gallery  |  click on thumbnail to view larger image

Hout Bay boat capsizes

Two people have died after a charter boat capsized neat Duiker Island off Cape Town’s Hout Bay coast over the weekend. See all the pictures.

Cape Town - A Cape Town woman has told how she thought she was going to die after she was trapped for three hours under the capsized charter boat, the Miroshga, in Hout Bay.

Bronwen Armstrong from Table View told Die Burger that she couldn’t swim and suffered from claustrophobia.

“I thought I was going to die. I just waited to fall asleep.”

Armstrong and two other women hid in a built-in cupboard in the cabin under the boat. She said her first memory of the drama was the cabin suddenly filling with water and one of the women telling them to get into the storage space.

The cupboard was about 3x4m and the women initially called for help but stopped when there was no response. Eventually, they heard voices and were rescued.

“I still see the water…” said Armstrong, whose fiancé was knocked off the boat and rescued by poachers.

She said she remembered how she held the hand of Peter Hyatt, 60, from the UK, and how he suddenly disappeared under the water.

“It was the strangest thing. One moment I could still feel his hand and then it was gone.”

- News24
Read more on:    cape town  |  maritime
NEXT ON NEWS24X

SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
3 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside News24

 
SPONSORED CONTENT
Keep your bike (and yourself) safe with these tips 2015-03-23 09:16

Whether you’re a newbie pedaller or a seasoned cyclist, knowing how to stay safe is the best way to enjoy your time on your bike.

/News
Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

There is a tendency to over fill your day with work, obligations, social activities and other outer services and interactions. You...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

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.

Settings

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.