Boat tragedy: 'I waited to fall asleep'

2012-10-16 09:35

Cape Town - A Cape Town woman has told how she thought she was going to die after she was trapped for three hours under the capsized charter boat, the Miroshga, in Hout Bay.

Bronwen Armstrong from Table View told Die Burger that she couldn’t swim and suffered from claustrophobia.

“I thought I was going to die. I just waited to fall asleep.”

Armstrong and two other women hid in a built-in cupboard in the cabin under the boat. She said her first memory of the drama was the cabin suddenly filling with water and one of the women telling them to get into the storage space.

The cupboard was about 3x4m and the women initially called for help but stopped when there was no response. Eventually, they heard voices and were rescued.

“I still see the water…” said Armstrong, whose fiancé was knocked off the boat and rescued by poachers.

She said she remembered how she held the hand of Peter Hyatt, 60, from the UK, and how he suddenly disappeared under the water.

“It was the strangest thing. One moment I could still feel his hand and then it was gone.”

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  • anthea.lagrange - 2012-10-16 10:40

    I have a phobia of drowning so I get chills at the thought of what these people went through, well done on keeping calm and doing the smart thing that saved your lives. Good luck with the healing process.

  • roy.wadhams.1 - 2012-10-16 11:09

    My son & daughter-in-law were on the boat which left 3 hours before this one. They saw the boat capsize whilst standing on the pier and were very upset when this happened. One can only wish the very best to all the family's and thank God that not more lives were lost.

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