Samsa: Hout Bay boat accident avoidable

2012-10-25 10:03

Johannesburg - The skipper of the sightseeing boat Miroshga which capsized earlier this month near Hout Bay in Cape Town held only a basic competency certificate, Beeld reported on Thursday.

The certificate did not entitle the skipper to carry passengers, according to a preliminary report from the SA Maritime Safety Authority (Samsa).

Samsa is still completing its investigation, but its initial report revealed the main causes of the incident, in which Welsh tourist Peter Hyett and Hangberg resident and crew member John Roberts died.

According to the report, released on Wednesday, of the eight causes listed in its conclusion, seven were the direct result of negligence or inexperience, and thus avoidable.

Samsa found that the crew was under-qualified, and that poor decision-making, infrastructural shortcomings, technical failures and weather conditions all contributed to the disaster, the newspaper reported.

Meanwhile, Wilma Muller, a businesswoman from Edenvale on the East Rand, who was on the Miroshga with her family around two weeks before the tragedy, has said that she observed a number of worrying things during the pleasure cruise.

"The captain battled to start the boat. There was a lot of fiddling about with wires. And only my 6-year-old son was given a life jacket. For the rest of us, we were told it was unnecessary," she said.

  • sanchez.sancho.7 - 2012-10-25 10:08

    this boat story is becoming boring

      Rabbler.Rouser - 2012-10-25 10:45

      It could never ever be as boring as sanchez.sancho.7.

      bibi.vanzyl - 2012-10-25 11:48

      @Sanchez: you would have said differently if you had children on the boat. Unscrupelous and greedy boat owners who make a quick buck from unsuspecting tourists are to blame. And then they are still so arrogant.

      deon.flatron - 2012-10-25 12:10

      Put yourself in one of the victims family shoes. Then you'll see how boring this gets for you. If it is boring to you why comment on it-read something else

  • phil.losopher.3 - 2012-10-25 10:19

    Ha! The truth about SAMSA:

      kingsleyb - 2012-10-25 10:50

      Link does not work

  • barry.mcbride - 2012-10-25 11:02

    When cannot an accident be deemed avoidable when looking back? i.e. something possibly going wrong in the future is only an accident afterwards.

  • gieljam.gomtor - 2012-10-25 11:03

    Hind sight once again as is in most cases . That the captain has no license is however a concern and shows a serious lack of responsibility.

      leroy.reynolds.353 - 2012-10-25 11:29

      license? competency certificate you mean?

  • lee.demarco.73 - 2012-10-25 11:08

    This guy is hero - one wonders at the tough circumstances he lived in, to be willing to put himself in danger every time they left the dock.

      rodney.bevan.58 - 2012-10-25 11:29


      bibi.vanzyl - 2012-10-25 11:50

      He was nothing but cheap labour for the owners of the boat. You get what you pay for.

  • ludlowdj - 2012-10-25 11:54

    Once again a government failing, SAMSA's rules and regulations in respect of owning and using a boat are so high and involve so much time and money to successfully qualify that there is obviously a failure by the authorities to control or even inspect the boats that are out there already

  • long.tom.509 - 2012-10-25 12:07

    ,all accidents could be avoided,that is why the created the word accident,DUH

  • marilyn.docherty.9 - 2012-10-25 13:45

    How many more will be given a job for which they are NOT QUALIFIED? All too often people are placed in positions of authority for which they have no credentials or experience. This is why tragedies like this happen!!!

  • raymond.billson - 2012-10-26 06:32

    Have a look at the regulations concerning small boat operators:

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