I'm glad I didn't get on that boat, says fisherman

2015-09-29 14:47
Sebastian Job (Tammy Petersen, News24)

Sebastian Job (Tammy Petersen, News24)

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Cape Town - Sebastian Job had been dressed in his yellow fisherman’s suit and was tying his shoelaces when he suddenly realised he didn’t want to set foot on the MFV Lincoln two weeks ago.

“I had been working on that vessel for the past six years and I have never felt the way I felt at that moment,” he recalled.

“And after what happened [on Sunday], I am glad I didn’t get on board that day.”

Nine fishermen died, nine survived and three are still missing after the 42m Cape Town fishing trawler reportedly took on water in heavy sea swells 20 nautical miles south of Hangklip (35 nautical miles South East of Cape Point) on Sunday night. The 21-member crew had to abandon ship after the vessel started keeling over.

“I am still in shock,” Job, 44, told News24 at his Wellington home.

“All of us were like brothers. When I heard what happened, it was as if part of my family had died. I can’t believe it. Those people were my family.”

‘It’s the only job we know’

Job opportunities were scarce and most of the men at some point boarded the fishing trawlers to support their families, he explained.

“Mens moet maar vat wat jy kan kry [you have to take what you can get],” Job said. “The money is pretty decent. And for people like me, it’s the only job we know.”

The search for the three missing fishermen continued, National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) spokesperson Craig Lambinon confirmed on Tuesday.

The police and the South African Maritime Safety Authority were conducting recovery operations, he said.

Job said while working on the trawlers is “not the safest job in the world, you don’t expect to lose your life at sea”.

“Bad weather is part of the job. A disaster like this is very uncommon. It’s heartbreaking that it had to be my brothers on that vessel.”  

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