Search continues for 3 missing fishermen

2015-09-28 12:00
The search continues for two missing fishermen after a fishing trawler took on rough seas off the Western Cape coast. (Supplied, NSRI)

The search continues for two missing fishermen after a fishing trawler took on rough seas off the Western Cape coast. (Supplied, NSRI)

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Cape Town – A helicopter and several vessels off the Western Cape coast were on Monday morning still looking for three missing fishermen who had to abandon a fishing trawler that got into trouble.

Nine fishermen died and nine were rescued after the Cape Town-based trawler took on water in rough seas on Sunday night, said National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) spokesperson Craig Lambinon.

Jared Blows, spokesperson for the SA Maritime Safety Authority (Samsa) rescue co-ordination centre, said the mayday call came through around 18:00 on Sunday. An SA Air Force helicopter and nearby vessels assisted.

"It's a fairly serious and unusual incident. We don't normally have these types of incidents off our coast," Blows said.

He said the last incident he could think of that involved a fishing trawler and similar number of fatalities was in 2008.

Samsa surveyors and investigators met the survivors as they were brought back to land.

The NSRI's Lambinon said the 42m trawler reportedly took on water in heavy sea swells 20 nautical miles south of Hangklip.

"On arrival on the scene it was confirmed that all 21 crew of the casualty fishing trawler had abandoned their vessel," Lambinon said.

"Sea conditions were 6m swells with gusting to 45 knot south easterly winds, but sea conditions improved during the search and rescue operation."

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