South Africans saved from sinking yacht

2011-11-04 09:32

Cape Town - Five South Africans were rescued when their sailboat sank off the coast of Mozambique on Thursday.

According to the South African Maritime Safety Authority (Samsa), "SV Wizard" was sailing 364 nautical miles west of Cabo Imhaca which is close to Maputo when it ran into trouble and began sinking.

A distress beacon was received at 04:30 and the Samsa Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre (MRCC) found that the vessel was in trouble.

The MRCC sent out a broadcast for assistance to vessels in the area and two, the EVA Schulte and the Voge Felix, responded.

According to the MRCC, the 145m EVA Schulte tanker arrived at the rescue co-ordinates at 13:00 and the master of the ship spotted what appeared to be a life raft.

All survivors were taken aboard the EVA Schulte, and the MRCC that they will be dropped off in Singapore, which is destination of the rescue vessel.

At this stage, it is unknown what caused the sailboat to start sinking.

The East African coast is notorious for pirate activity, but it is hoped that the SV Wizard survivors will disembark in Mauritius or Reunion island.

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  • Craig - 2011-11-04 09:52

    364 nautical miles "west" of inhaca near Maputo, simple reason for it sinking could be it collided into the mountains the other side of Nelspruit.

      Servaas - 2011-11-04 10:11

      Brilliant craig!! LMAO!

      Kit - 2011-11-04 10:13

      Agreed, this is factually incorrect and the use of tenses is shocking. News 24 plse check your articles for basic mistakes before going public.

      Monti - 2011-11-04 10:13

      Excellent Craig

      Bill - 2011-11-04 10:38

      Well spotted! lol

  • - 2011-11-04 15:07

    Hahaha, excellent observation Craig! What puzzles me is that the report tells all and sundry that a distress beacon was received! How on earth did the beacon get there? I can imagine that the beacon sent out a distress signal which was received by the rescue authorities... but its a mystery how the beacon itself got there?

      evelyn.pepler - 2012-04-16 11:35

      a distress beacon is a part of safety equipment that most yachts have onboard its called an EPIRB

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