Rescuers put search on hold after boat tragedy

2012-10-13 22:26

Johannesburg – Rescue personnel on Saturday suspended search operations after a boat capsized near Hout Bay, in Cape Town.

At least one person died and three people are still missing after the charter vessel capsized, the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) said.

Rescue teams worked through most of the afternoon trying to rescue victims trapped in the hull of the boat, and looking for other missing passengers.

"One person has already been freed and was taken to hospital. The woman is in a stable but serious condition and we expect her to make a full recovery," NSRI spokesperson Craig Lambinon said.

The Maroshka, was carrying about 41 people when it capsized near Duiker Island at about 15:00, Lambinon said.

It was not known what caused the boat to capsize.

Initial reports

Initially the NSRI said that four people died and that 33 or 34 people were on board, but later revised the numbers.

"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," Lambinon said.

The city's disaster risk management centre said three people were still missing.

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

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

The search operations were set to resume at 06:00, City Press journalist Carien du Plessis tweeted from the scene.

  • mark.ocommon - 2012-10-13 23:22

    Sooooo.... Exactly how many people were on board?

      stanton.clarke - 2012-10-14 00:31

      I dont know.

  • amien.davids.1 - 2012-10-14 07:35

    Perhaps too much weight on one side of the boat?

  • grant.peddie.31 - 2012-10-14 07:35

    I have was a skipper on one of those charter boats for 12 years every day doing at least 3 trips a day, and I can assure you there are no sharks around the island. There are even diving trips to dive with the seals!

      jj.d.villiers - 2012-10-14 08:48

      Well to say no sharks is untrue but it is very rare I am a skipper on a vessel that goes there often, and was also apart if the rescue operation yesterday at sea which was not at the island exactly it happened more in line with sandy bay

  • patrick.casey.581525 - 2012-10-14 08:02

    My wife and I were out on the Miroshka 3 weeks ago! She is an awesome boat. Very stable, high tech safety equipment, exceptionally well trained staff and the Skipper knew how to handle her safely!! We were out at sea when we ran into roughish sea but she was stable and handled the waves with ease! This is truly tragic. Our condolences to those families who have lost loved ones!

  • andre.kopper.98 - 2012-10-14 12:03

    a family member of mine was a passenger on this stricken ship, glad she is ok, sad for the loss of life. thank you to the rescuers

  • Malinda Erasmus - 2012-10-14 21:39

    i am so sorry for the family who lost there loved one

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