Clifton salvage operations halted

2012-05-13 14:14

Cape Town - All salvaging operations of a 50m fishing trawler that ran aground at First Beach in Clifton on Saturday has been halted, the Cape Town disaster risk management centre said.

In a statement spokesperson Wilfred Solomons-Johannes said operations would resume at first daylight on Sunday.

"The positioning and presence of the vessel has the potential to undermine the environmental, economic, and social potential of a key area of the coastline."

The trawler ran aground at around 05:15, Solomons-Johannes said.

There were reportedly 90 tons of fuel and ammonia on board.

It was not known what made the trawler run aground. Its engines remained in working order and generators continued to work.

The thick fog was suspected to have played a role.

By Saturday afternoon the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) confirmed that the crew members of the trawler had been rescued.

"Two NSRI rescue swimmers were placed on board the vessel and Taiwanese consulate staff and the ships agent assisted the NSRI with language interpretations between the... crew and NSRI rescuers," spokesperson Craig Lambinon said.

Of the 28 Taiwanese crew members and dog on board, 19 were evacuated. The dog remained on board on the insistence of the captain, its owner.

  • Gieljam - 2012-05-13 15:40

    This thick fog story is too my mind an scape goat we use to fish many a time with ski boats far off shore and if you could not see clearly you navigated with a compass other wise you could end up in madagascar or australia, on a ship like this at least somebody should have been awake to check where they were going..

  • acsteyn - 2012-05-13 16:08

    It would make a great restaurant?

  • James - 2012-05-13 17:13

    That Thai captain is going to eat that dog! :-)

  • Monti - 2012-05-13 18:11

    Us Italians are dog lovers

  • Piston - 2012-05-13 19:13

    You have to be really pissed to crash a ship like that...Lets hope the dog makes it :-)

  • JohnSA02 - 2012-05-13 20:09

    Does anyone have the latest news on the ship. They were going to try again to free her at 16hoo today?

      Johann - 2012-05-14 12:35

      You can see what is happening, on live streaming video on BeachWatch's Clifton camera

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