We know why boat capsized - Samsa

2012-10-17 08:40
Survivors from the capsized chartered boat Miroshga are brought to safety (File, AP)

Survivors from the capsized chartered boat Miroshga are brought to safety (File, AP)

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Underwater footage of Hout Bay rescue

2012-10-16 14:51

Watch newly released underwater footage of the capsized Miroshga boat in Hout Bay. Two were killed when the vessel tipped in choppy waters.WATCH

Cape Town - Maritime officials believe they know why the Miroshga charter boat capsized near Hout Bay on Saturday.

“We have a pretty good idea of what the problem is, and now we have to prove it,” SA Maritime Safety Authority regional manager Dave Colly told the Daily News.

Two people died and a huge rescue mission was prompted after the boat tragedy happened near Duiker Island.

The Miroshga was towed into Cape Town Harbour on Sunday and investigators would examine it for clues to the boating tragedy.

Inspectors had not yet been able to access the boat due to gale force winds in the Mother City this week.

The boat apparently lost power in both engines after a wave broke over the stern and flooded it with water.  

At that stage, the vessel was in an area named Bakleiplaas, so called because of rough conditions experienced there.

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