Man drowns after falling from yacht

2012-01-01 18:03

Johannesburg - A man drowned after going overboard a yacht off the Port Elizabeth coast early on Sunday morning, said the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI).

Spokesperson Craig Lambinon said the yacht was returning to Port Elizabeth from a night sail when the man, a member of the crew, went overboard in unknown circumstances around 02:20.

The skipper of the yacht raised the alarm and began a search for the man, apparently in his late 40's.

The NSRI also joined in the search. The man was discovered in the water. However, despite efforts to resucitate him, he died shortly after.

Police were investigating and an inquest docket was opened.

  • Leendert - 2012-01-01 19:07

    What pathetically disgraceful comments. @Shoosh/@Margie/@Sharkshoot, do you realize that someone has lost his life here? You three are pure scum. Take it from me.

      Leendert - 2012-01-02 00:08

      Okay, Margie, you have been un-scummed!! [you could well be right with your comment, but based purely on the article it seemed out of line. Is all. ;-) ]

  • bevisp - 2012-01-01 19:26

    The skipper is at fault here,it is his responsibility to ensure the safety of his passengers and crew and that means everybody on deck should be attached by a lifeline to the vessel. Sad to see another life being lost in an avoidable accident,however I must congratulate the the crew for recovering the guy at night,it's hard enough when you can see.........

  • Bob - 2012-01-01 20:12

    Trying to find someone that goes overboard at night even in calm conditions is a challenge…! Well done to the crew for finding him, just very sad that he never made it. @bevisp I agree that he should have been harnessed, or at the least have been wearing a life jacket on a night sail. People that crew on yachts, especially on night sails are generally experienced crew and should know the safety procedures to follow, besides the Skipper is not on deck at all times. The person that was on watch would be the person that has to face the blame and also live with his conscience! The truth will come out in an inquiry, hopefully!

  • Gail - 2012-01-02 10:36

    Sad. Maybe he was hit by the boom? and swept overboard. The original report I heard made it sound like it happened in the harbour itself.

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