4 people confirmed dead in boat accident

2012-10-13 16:08

Cape Town – Four people have died after a whale watching charter boat carrying about 33 people capsized near Hout Bay, Cape Town on Saturday afternoon, the National Sea Rescue Institute said.

Of the 33 to 34 people that were on the boat, 4 people have been confirmed dead, NSRI spokesperson Craig Lambinon told News24.

Search and rescue operations were still ongoing for the last few passengers unaccounted for.

The charter boat was at Duiker Island when it capsized at about 15:00, Lambinon said.

NSRI rescuers as well as several other charter boats managed to rescue many of the people who had fallen into the sea.

Lambinon said authorities were asking the public to stay away from Hout Bay while rescue operations were ongoing.

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  • trevor.pietersen.3 - 2012-10-13 16:12

    So sad

      omo.naija.750 - 2012-10-13 16:54

      So Sad , my condolences to the families of the victims

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-10-13 16:16

    How awful! Condolences to all involved!

  • johnwilliam.roberts - 2012-10-13 16:27

    any one know the name of the boat and the company that operated it ?

      ozkar.boatraider - 2012-10-13 19:32

      boats name is Miroshga , operated by southern ambition marine safaris

  • dido.valley - 2012-10-13 16:31

    I am a cab driver and regularly take tourists to the boat going to Seals Island. Last time I been on that boat the water was very choppy with huge swells. I could not understand how the boat company could take clients in such dangerous conditions. It was so windy and yet the boat was less those five meters from the rocky island. I got so scared and decided to never set my feet back on that boat.

      hein.hattingh - 2012-10-13 17:00

      Had the same experience, I am not a sailer but know natures power, the guy nearly touched the rocks, nearly wet myself, my wife cannot swim, and I am not a lifesaver, the area I think must also be fullof sharks, seals being their staple diet!

  • CamGreenZA - 2012-10-13 16:41

    I was on the 13:00 charter!!! OMG!

      rainerbulk - 2012-10-13 16:59

      Hi, I noticed your comment about the capsized boat, we where busy diving in the aria and I am sure we passed by your boat on our way out. Was it the blue boat with a glass bottom hull that capsized?

  • mary.kircher - 2012-10-13 16:47

    how awful and frightening for all, especially those with children. My condolances to the families of those who perished.

  • rainerbulk - 2012-10-13 16:51

    We went diving here 2 hours before it happened. The sea was rough and very cold.

  • sutadi1970 - 2012-10-13 16:55

    Sharks my first thought when i was there thinking about that i would not like to sink here ina boat with Sharks in abundance!

      rainerbulk - 2012-10-13 17:21

      There was no sharks in the aria, but the water was very Cold!

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