Sad end to boat rescue mission

2012-10-14 14:24

Cape Tow - Rescue efforts for the last man missing from a charter boat that capsized on Hout Bay ended sadly after he was found dead on Sunday morning, the City of Cape Town said.

The body of John Roberts, a crew member, was found 21m below the surface at 11:00 on Sunday by divers from the SA Navy, the city said in a statement.

A charter boat, The Maroshka, capsized near Duiker Island around 15:00 on Saturday.

About 34 people were rescued and one of the men was declared dead on arrival at Hout Bay NSRI sea rescue station.

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

The NSRI said it was initially believed that up to six people were missing and this number was later revised to four people still missing.

It was later confirmed that 38 people had been on the boat when it capsized.

The SA Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) has deployed a tug boat to recover the charter boat and begin an investigation into the cause of the accident.

When the NSRI arrived they found that some people had been rescued by two charter boats. At the time, four people were still missing, three women and one man.

Three were found inside the hull, using air pockets to breathe. They were all rescued by divers.

Two of the women are believed to be from the United Kingdom.

Of those rescued, 24 people were hospitalised for further medical treatment. Twelve people did not require to be hospitalised and were assessed and treated for hypothermia before they were released.

The man who died is believed to be from the United Kingdom.

  • JP - 2012-10-14 14:29

    Well done to rescue team for saving so many lives . MThose who did no make it RIP. God bless.

  • etienneenanneline.gouws - 2012-10-14 15:12

    Maybe he was knocked unconscious when the boat capsized or had another medical condition that prevented him from being able to swim. RIP :(

  • steve.a.austen.3 - 2012-10-14 15:15

    Why did it take so long to ascertain the exact no of crew and passengers on the vessel? Surely the onus is upon the Charter company to ensure that accurate records are kept, for the eventuality of such an incident as this? Valuable (and expensive) emergency resources have been wasted looking for passengers whom didn't exist. Well done to the rescuers, and may those whom have passed on RIP.

      shannon.ficek - 2012-10-14 16:01

      Myself and my family were at Hout Bay yesterday as we went on a cruise roughly the same time, however to answer your question it was complete chaos as the fisherman and various different charter cruises all went out to help rescue and each one coming back with survivors at various times which added to the confusion and the miscount in numbers, but having said that the charter cruise company should have produced from record the exact number of people that were on board, a bit concerning that they don't count the amount of people on board if this is the case. The NSRI, medics and policeman produced outstanding work, but I'd like to mention the wonderful fisherman and divers who put their lives at risk trying to save the survivors trapped in the boat , nice to know people still care.

      edward.d.beesley - 2012-10-14 16:34

      Shannon, how did the boat capsize - did you see it capsize? Was the sea rough?

      BobM6389 - 2012-10-14 16:41

      shannon I wonder who the idiot is who gave you a thumbs down?

  • candice.danielle.129 - 2012-10-14 16:36

    Sad but lets be honest hout bay police are the laziest in the country.When i was mugged and reported it i was ignored ,the female police officer didnt show any interest and handed me a form and talked about how hungry she was.The thugs are everywhere in hout bay hiding by the dunes on the beach waiting for women to assault and rob .The only time you ever see hout bay police is at KFC .

      arne.verhoef - 2012-10-14 18:53

      What does your sad little story have to do with the above mentioned accident, where people lost their lives mind you? The NSRI was involved, and the heroic fisherman etc., not directly the police. Im pretty sure most ships have direct contact to the NSRI through radio.

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