Stowaway teen rescued in Cape Town

2013-02-26 08:47

Cape Town - A Libyan teenager has been rescued from a life raft after stowing away on a ship which sailed from Ghana to Cape Town.

The Cape Argus reported that the teenager was spotted near Robben Island late on Sunday and was picked up by the NSRI.

It transpired that the young man had launched a life raft from the Safmarine ship Cha Chai as it neared Cape Town. The ship is now lying at anchor in Table Bay.

The 19-year-old was only wearing shorts and had suffered mild dehydration.

The teen was said to be from Jobey in Libya but had snuck onto the ship in Ghana. It is not clear how he travelled to Ghana. He apparently told authorities that he had wanted to go to the US as he had family there.

Die Burger named the young man as Charles Mussuah and said he would be leaving on the same ship that had brought him to Cape Town.

The ship would take him back to Libya.

The department of home affairs told the Cape Times that taxpayers' money would not be used to deport the teenager, as stowaways are the responsibility of the ship owners and ship captain.


  • Jimmy Millionwatts - 2013-02-26 09:02

    Write a book about your trip young fellow.

      boerewors.braaivleis - 2013-02-26 09:46

      Life of Charlie?

  • Jaques Carolus - 2013-02-26 09:18

    Dai ding prt mos k?k.

  • Jaques Carolus - 2013-02-26 09:19

    Dai ding prt mos k?k.

  • Irshaad Mohamed - 2013-02-26 09:35

    Seeing the city from afar , the poor guy must have thought he somehow made it to San Francisco . However , all his hopes were shattered as he was guided to shore by a car guard who then tried to sell him a granadilla lolly .

  • russell.maxwell.180 - 2013-02-26 09:49

    Poor kid, what he has done to find freedom. How can you possibly send him back to Libya, he will probably be executed. GOD KNOWS THE PRICE OF FREEDOM.

  • eseum - 2013-02-26 10:05

    "Stowaways are the responsibility of the ship owners and ship captain." Interesting...

  • Kekeletso Nakeli - 2013-02-26 10:55

    I would rather my tax money be used to send him to his family rather than Nkandla!

  • maggie.shai.9 - 2013-02-26 11:03

    Send him back to Libya so they can send him to prison for stealing a life raft.

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