Report: Capsized boat’s skipper was not qualified

2012-10-25 00:00

CAPE TOWN — The skipper of the pleasure boat Miroshga, which capsized two weeks ago off Duiker Island in Hout Bay, was not qualified to steer the ship. This was one of the technical points of negligence which the SA Maritime Safety Authority listed in their report on the incident in which Peter Hyett (64) and crew member John Roberts (37) drowned.

Factors contributing to the capsizing were too low ventilation points that let in water, a leak in the rear, and faulty wiring serving the bilge pumps’ alarm. When the boat turned turtle, the passengers cut loose the inflatable 50-metre rescue vessel, which fell in the sea and was blown away despite a crew member diving in to try and retrieve it.

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