Four injured in Vaal Dam boat accident

2011-10-08 07:51

Johannesburg - Four people were injured when their ski-boat ran onto an island in the Vaal Dam, in the early hours of Saturday morning, the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) said.

The NSRI Vaal Dam volunteer crew were activated at about 02:00, said spokesperson Craig Lambinon.

They found the skipper, a local man from Deneysville in the Free State, with minor lacerations and bruises, two woman from Johannesburg with spinal injuries and another woman with bruises.

"It appears that the boat may have run onto the island at high speed," said Lambinon.

It was not known what caused the boat to run ashore.

The NSRI crew would return to the scene on Saturday morning to look at if the boat could be salvaged.

  • Showerhead - 2011-10-08 08:00

    Early morning accident! Was it still dark at the time of the accident, looks like as the NSRI Vaal Dam was called 02:00. Who are so stupit to race at high speed on the dam especially that time of the night? What were they doing or thinking! Can only speculate. Was it the RAU TEM island.

      Yoni - 2011-10-08 12:04

      Naah, just like Oscar Pistorius and his crew was not tested when their boat made landfall a few years ago - also at night!

  • Alan - 2011-10-08 08:03

    Why where they traveling at high speed at night in a dam? Was the driver trying to impress the girls because if so he made a big impression on them. Any way i know where he is coming from been there done that fortunately no damage to friends or property just Ego.

  • Tuinman - 2011-10-08 08:04

    Sounds like a case of: "Hou vas gou my dop dan check jy hierdie move".

  • sipholess - 2011-10-08 08:16

    Probably trying to dodge floating turds.......

  • suspiciousme - 2011-10-08 09:17

    Brandewyn sonder brieke...

  • Herman - 2011-10-08 09:33

    drank is 'n bliksem!!!

      Johan Kruger - 2011-10-08 13:33

      Nee Herman, ek stem nie saam nie. Dit is die mens wat hom nie kan hanteer nie, wat die bliksem is. Indien jy hom nie en die gebruik daarvan kan hanteer nie, moet jy hom liewers uitlos, voordat daar verdriet en jammer kom.

  • Byron - 2011-10-08 10:09

    its called alcohol!! thats all!!

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  • Dijane - 2011-10-08 10:54

    Hitting the Rau Tem Island at high speed at 2am in the morning....and a resident in the area clearly spells out what the cause of the accident was...a booze cruise gone totally pearshaped with 3 woman on board! Just so bloody sad that this inconsiderate individual is the cause of some severe spinal injuries!! May justice be served...which I am sure it will be as we will see to it!!

  • - 2011-10-08 14:04

    I have done the same in Durban harbour on a sandbank.Why does experience come after its too late?

  • hadedah - 2011-10-16 17:51

    According to the report the NSRI were notified at 02h00 in the morning it is then very dark, as far as I know you have to have navigation lights on a vessel at night, Ski boats depends on wheter we are talking about a proper ski boat which would be if licensed allowed at night.IF LICENSED.. where they wearing life jackets? because that is compulsory. Only an idiot would travel at high speed at night on water.

  • Zak - 2011-11-02 02:45

    There's a blue-eyed blonde with a jaw dropping figure and a beautiful voice that works in the same office building as me - truly the most stellar girl I have ever laid my eyes on. I realised today that I hadn't seen her for a long time and so asked one of her colleagues if she had quit her job, transferred, or whatnot. I was then informed that this girl was in a boating accident around three weeks ago, and will be in rehabilitation until the end of January, 2012. My blood went sub-zero with dread, and I've been searching for any news on the internet. I have a feeling that this girl might have been one of the women on that boat! I hope with all my heart she and her friends recover fully and never do something like this again. Many of us have at some point in our lives sacrificed (good) judgement for the sake of having a fun time. Perhaps the women simply did not contemplate in advance that there might be a risk involved in riding on a very fast ski boat after dark, after all, it's supposed to be an open stretch of water - not the same as driving down a road through town that's full of other cars and lampposts and curbs. Perhaps a bug flew into the skipper's eye... I can't say that I, whether under the influence or not, would have exercised better judgement. I just hope that she doesn't have to pay for this mistake for the rest of her life, because, by Donar is she magnificent! Thank you NSRI for saving the lives of these people.

  • Americo - 2012-01-03 04:25

    Thats what happens when you run a boat on testosterone and alcohol instead of regular petrol at regular hours

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