Boat got caught in 'washing machine' area

2012-10-16 10:46

Cape Town - Hout Bay boat operators said the weather was not extreme at the time a charter boat capsized at the weekend, according to a report on Tuesday.

"As far as the weather goes, it was safe to go out... It was a bit windy, but okay to go out," Nauticat Charters owner Brenda Owen told the Cape Times.

Ken Evans, whose craft 'Calypso' was operating on Saturday, said there had been a slight swell but the weather was nothing out of the ordinary.

'Extravagance' skipper Sean Amor confirmed the weather had been "fine" and with no swells.

He said the Miroshga got into trouble in an area known as the "washing machine", which was renowned for its choppy water.

The charter boat, carrying 39 people, capsized near Duiker Island on Saturday afternoon. British tourist Peter Hyett, 64, and crew member John Roberts, 37, drowned.

The accident had reportedly not deterred people from going on boat trips in the area, with operators telling the newspaper most trips on Sunday had been full and bookings were still coming in.

"Aircraft crash and people don't stop flying," Evans said.

A formal investigation into the incident was underway.

  • sanchez.sancho.7 - 2012-10-16 11:01

    why do we have too many articles of this boat accident. is it because there we foreigners on the boat? i bet before the end of the day we will have one or two more articles

      klippies.coke.7 - 2012-10-16 11:54

      Maybe because it was a freak accident? Maybe because people died? If you don't like the articles why read or comment on it?

  • sean.crookson - 2012-10-16 11:06

    Maybe because people died and others injured. We also have to look at preventing more incidents like this. The Cape relies on tourism for income, so any bad publicity is not desirable either.

  • ardenharvey - 2012-10-16 11:56

    The jokes are distasteful! No laughing matter...

  • pretty.zwane.71 - 2012-10-16 12:28

    To those who lost their loved ones, may God give you comfort through the rough time.And to the rescue workers well guys.

  • desmond.s.leaner - 2012-10-16 13:40

    Why don't we have the name of the company or the driver on here? Incompetent staff caused this. Sorry for the people who lost their lives. Riots causing murders, incompetent tourist industry workers causing deaths of foreigners, miners stopping industry - what is the international community going to think about investing in South Africa now?

      alan.gernet - 2012-10-16 14:16

      the SKIP(per) should never have gone into the washing machine area.

  • innocent.gotosah - 2012-10-16 14:21


  • Oraniaboer - 2012-10-24 20:31

    What a pity.

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