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Fishing trawler runs aground at Clifton beach

2012-05-12 09:21

Cape Town -  A 50m fishing trawler has run aground at First Beach in Clifton, Cape Town on Saturday morning, the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) said.

"All people on board at the stage are safe, but with an incoming tide that may change," spokesperson Craig Lambinon said.

The Japanese trawler was about 20 metres off-shore in the wave-line and rescue efforts were in progress.

Lambinon said the NSRI and emergency services were at the scene and boats had been launched in an attempt to tow the trawler back into the ocean and off the sandbank.

No further details were available, however Lambinon urged members of the public to stay away from the area as it was a rescue operation and as much space as possible was needed.



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Comments
  • Erna - 2012-05-12 09:32

    With all the illegal fishing going on, particularl by the Japanese, what is a Japanese trawler doing in SA waters?

      Ivan - 2012-05-12 09:41

      Maybe they are poaching Perlemoen . . .

      rudi.strydom2 - 2012-05-12 09:44

      I am sure some of the girls on Clifton were responcible for this disaster.

      Christopher - 2012-05-12 10:40

      Good...sink to the depths of the ocean. Pillaging our waters with your 50 to 100km lines.

      Ian - 2012-05-12 10:40

      Eish, Iv'e seen some bad driving in my time, but how do you hit a continent??????

  • Adil Smit - 2012-05-12 09:49

    With local fishermen struggling for fishing quotas, why is a Japannese boat fishing so close to SA?

      Kala - 2012-05-13 09:04

      Stealing

  • tednhet - 2012-05-12 09:53

    Hope they have binoculars

  • Juan - 2012-05-12 09:53

    Who said anything about them fishing . Stop inferring things .

      Alan - 2012-05-12 10:19

      Fishing trawlers fish!!!

  • Jean - 2012-05-12 09:54

    Japenese?!! Hide the whales!!

      Juan - 2012-05-12 10:01

      lol

  • chris.grobbelaar1 - 2012-05-12 10:12

    WE MUST BAN ALL THESE TRAWLERS FROM OUR COASTLINE. tHEY ARE STEALING OUR FISH RESOURCES AND BREAK THE LAWS OF THIS COUNTRY BY FISHING TOO CLOSE TO OUR SHORELINES. THEY ARE ALSO DESTROYING OUR COASTLINE'S REEFS BY DRAGGING THEIR NETS OVER IT. FISHERMAN THAT MAKE A LIVING FROM THE SEAS DOES NOT HAVE INCOME ANYMORE TO FEED THEIR FAMILIES. ALL IN THE NAME OF CORPORATE GREED. I SAY SINK THEM ALL...

      andre.rabie3 - 2012-05-12 10:36

      Agree, a trawler is not allowed closer than 1 nm from shore, and they catch the small ones and by the time they are hauled in they are all dead, as to line fishermen, they have to throw fish back that are undersize, trawlers dont, cant, and will not do that, the trwalers are killing the fishing grounds,

  • Christopher - 2012-05-12 10:14

    Good...some of these boats have 50 to 100km lines(nets) They pillaging our waters. May your boat rest in the depths of the ocean.

  • Helmut - 2012-05-12 10:15

    Towit out to deep water ,sink it and we have a new reef

  • Alan - 2012-05-12 10:16

    Something "fishy" going on here! What was a Japanese fishing trawler doing in South African coastal waters? Where were our navy patrols or is this the face of things to come? Has anyone checked the contents of the hold? Is it being tugged off the beach and released, no questions asked,just a slap on the wrist and please try to read the map better in the future! or is it going to be tugged round to harbour and impounded for questioning as to why it was invading and possibly fishing in our territory? It seems unlikely to me that it could navigate all the way from Japan and then conveniently lose its bearings right off our coast line.

      Trevor - 2012-05-12 11:04

      what NAVY.... does SA have NAVY????

  • Hendrik Wilmot - 2012-05-12 10:28

    These trawlers comes to Cape Town harbor for maintenance, new paint job and so on. Thats why they are in our waters. No doubt they do illegal fishing but I don't think that is the case here.

  • 777productions - 2012-05-12 10:33

    Hectic stuff...guess now people can get off facebook, twitter and physically go there and take some photos...some action close to home !

      keenan.christian - 2012-05-12 11:46

      Then post it on facebook or twitter

      ngonimclean - 2012-05-13 07:45

      Social media has made ppl lazy

  • diederik.vemer - 2012-05-12 11:10

    The fog was incredibly dense this morning - couldn't see a boat-length in front of you,,,

  • billidp - 2012-05-12 11:46

    Glad everyone is OK, hope our coastline and waters will be, BUT one must ask, WHY ARE JAPANESE TRAWLERS FISHING IN OUR WATERS WHEN OUR OWN SUBSISTENCE FISHERMEN CANNOT GET SUFFICIENT QUOTAS? CAN THE DEPT OF FISHERIES PLEASE EXPLAIN???n

  • Mervyn - 2012-05-12 15:06

    these fishing trawlers have been docking in cape town harbour for years already in brackets off loading there catch and stocking up with fresh supplies

  • Lionel - 2012-05-13 08:34

    I have read most of the comments above and boy oh boy the lack of knowledge by some......The vessel does not fish in SA waters,they fish in international waters,they have a log book and Vessel monotoring satelite on board where they are monitored by local and international Seafisheries.The vessel was on its way to Cape Town to discharge its cargo,load supplies and take fuel and then head back to the international waters to continue fishing!!!!!!!!

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