1 dead, dozens injured after boat capsizes

2012-10-13 16:55

Cape Town - At least one person died and dozens were injured after their charter boat capsized in Hout Bay, Cape Town on Saturday, the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) said.

"The revised numbers are that 41 people were on board the boat, 35 people are accounted for and one person of the 35 is deceased not four as originally reported," NSRI spokesperson Craig Lambinon said.

"Six people remain missing and a search is continuing for those six people."

The city's disaster risk management centre said two people were stuck in the hull of the vessel. Three people were still missing.

"Twenty-five adults were recovered, as well as four children and four crew members," spokesman Wilfred Solomons-Johannes said.

He said the nationalities of the passengers were still being determined and the city would be communicating with foreign officials.

A charter boat, The Maroshka, was carrying about 41 people when it capsized near Duiker Island at about 3pm, Lambinon said.

It was not known what caused the boat to capsize.

Authorities were asking the public to stay away from Hout Bay while rescue operations were ongoing.

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  • hendrik.schutte.3152 - 2012-10-13 17:08

    That's harsh. Mu guess, one of those clumsy "top heavy" boats. Whales to be seen on one side, most passengers crowd to same side on top deck ------ and over she goes. sad but if the above theory is correct then sadly the result of careless behaviour and ineffective "crowd control" from the crew? hope My theory is wrong.

      peter.braat - 2012-10-13 17:56

      The Miroshga is a double hull with passengers on a low deck not too far above the water line. Also it sounds like she was on a seal watching rather than a whale-watching trip which would likely mean people would be watching all around the boat, not on one side. It's probably best not to make assumptions, but rather wait for the facts to surface.

      patrick.casey.581525 - 2012-10-14 08:12

      You obviously know nothing about the Miroshka - she is definately not "top heavy" and she is one of if not the most high tech crafts running whale and seal trips. Her crew and skipper are exceptionally well trained. I was out at sea 3 weeks ago with her whale watching in roughish seas and the skipper knew what he was doing!

  • hendrik.schutte.3152 - 2012-10-13 17:09

    Oops, that should read "my guess" not mu guess.......

  • stefan.vanderwesthuizen1 - 2012-10-13 17:20

    A whale boat capsizing with more than 30 people abort? How on earth does something like this happen?

      biltong.eldest - 2012-10-13 17:29

      Abort? They should have aborted the capsizing.

  • john.pickeringcopley - 2012-10-13 17:29

    what do you know about boats i was at the twelve apostles to day on a fishing boat and the wind was evil and the the swell was bad but our skipper has been at sea for 30 years and he knew what to do so are we over crowding on this vessel or is the skipper incompetent ? or can he not read the wind speed or the weather conditions ?

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-10-13 21:41

      Trucks overturn daily in multiple places, causing more deaths and more havoc. With predictable loads on predictable roads. No outrage, in fact 0 comment at all. If you live on any coast, you'll know the weather can change in an instant. Even with the best nav tools, seasoned skippers etc., the ocean is one realm we'll never be able to predict or control.

  • hanlie.pretorius.98 - 2012-10-13 17:29

    In this case it's not, due to the fact that there was a hole in the bottom of the boat and the sea was very rough

  • lynettewadikush - 2012-10-13 17:46

    wind is really bad in hout bay atm... so stop assuming things until you have read the facts! if wind is hellish where I am 3minutes from beach, it is 10 times worse at seal island!

  • john.pickeringcopley - 2012-10-13 18:09

    no it is not crowd control it might just be an inexperienced skipper or freak weather conditions one cannot control the sea it has mind of its own we are at its mercy ,

  • sandyeh1 - 2012-10-13 19:04

    I've been seal watching on a flat bottomed boat from Hout Bay to the island , it was very choppy and I didn't think it was very safe, the lower deck was near to the water. It did have a top deck for viewing although the views were good from below so not many people went up there.

  • nelmari.smit.3 - 2012-10-13 19:13

    4 confirmed dead, 2 hours later... At least one dead? Hah?

  • john.pickeringcopley - 2012-10-13 19:33

    we live in country where facts as in the aviation / marine environment are all to well covered up by red tape it will be along time before we get to the bottom of this if we ever get there everything will be covered up as per normal, safety is paramount and if you ignore this , and do not have an experienced skipper , on board than any thing can happen i am not say this was over looked but judging by the weather conditions where we were it was really looking bad

  • Jenade Glover - 2012-10-13 19:39

    hi, i was on the nauticat charter boat and we helped 2 rescue 3 adults and @ that time only one guy was dead.

      john.pickeringcopley - 2012-10-13 19:57

      what were the weather conditions like?

  • mahomedsaleem.khan - 2012-10-13 19:51

    Government must look into the private charter boat cruises.They never have a list of passengers on board, no safety messages before departure, nothing to mention in hte event of an emergency what needs to be done,no life jackets etc. Its a bad publicity for South Africa especially that tourists were on board.

      john.pickeringcopley - 2012-10-13 20:05

      as long as we have in sufficient coastal and marine management this will continue to happen , we were stopped and search today coastal marine officers , but we were only 2 boats in the whole of t bay what about the commercial craft ,is there an agency that checks on that , it seems that that the coastal marine agency only checks on the small guys ?

  • Quinton May - 2012-10-13 20:21

    We were on a similiar cruise 3 weeks agoThe wind was a moderate 15 knots resulting in two metre swells.The boat swayed to & fro significantly causing frayed nerves on board..I pray that the missing passengers are found alive & for the soul of the departed to rest in peace.

  • dante.schoeman - 2012-10-13 20:43

    That is scary , with all the great whites around that island!

  • tracey.dennison1 - 2012-10-14 07:44

    Are rescue teams not suppose to search till they find the missing people , how can they stop the search through the night,maybe those people where still alive and died through the night from the cold . If that was their family out there I'm sure they would have kept searching . I hope they find those missing people.

  • awake.asleep - 2012-10-14 14:04

    Is it the Maroshka or Miroshga. Is it owned by Hangberg Charters company or Southern Ambition Marine Safaris? In various reports both names and companies appear independent of each other - poor reporting?

      linda.lillis.9 - 2012-10-14 15:46

      Maybe someone should let us all know which Charter Operator this was. Why the big secret. Looks to me as though the weather was dodgy, the sea big and profit took precedent over safety.

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