Trawler: No immediate risk of oil pollution

2012-05-12 11:02

Cape Town - A 50m fishing trawler has run aground at First Beach in Clifton, Cape Town on Saturday morning, the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) said.

"All people on board at this stage are safe, but with an incoming tide that may change," spokespersonn Craig Lambinon said.

The Japanese trawler was about 20m off-shore in the wave-line and rescue efforts were in progress.

A 28 person crew, including a dog, were on board the trawler, named Eihatsu Maru, City of Cape Town disaster risk management centre spokesman Wilfred Solomons-Johannes said.

The trawler ran aground around 05:15.

"At this stage there is no immediate risk of oil pollution to the coastline as a result of the stranding of the vessel," Solomons-Johannes said.

"The city dispatched disaster response teams to the scene, however the salvaging operations has been hampered by thick fog."

The Associated Press reported that 19 people had been taken off the trawler, with the captain, the dog and a skeleton crew remaining on board.

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  • Hans Heydra - 2012-05-12 11:27

    Awfully far from Japan if you ask me...

      marcelminnaar - 2012-05-12 13:38

      What is a Japanese Fishing trawler doing 20m of our shore line? They are killing the oceans and reefs they should be shot out of the water...

  • koos.vandermerwe.92 - 2012-05-12 11:40

    Don't wait untill there is polition before you do something.

  • Pagel - 2012-05-12 12:04

    20m off-shore - if you are concerned about your safety - SWIM. And remember your VISA and PASSPORT.

  • tony.kirby1 - 2012-05-12 12:17

    Seem there are some thick people on board besides the thick fog. Heel te maal regting bedondered

  • Christopher - 2012-05-12 12:19

    Not much of a ship's captain if he can't spot the shore line. And a bit too far from Japan for my liking. Something's not right.

  • Lekke - 2012-05-12 12:20

    How does this happen? GPS, SAT-NAV , Computers, electronic technology all on board??????? Was the dog the capain? Lol

      Dries - 2012-05-12 12:33

      Was the dog the capain?.....No he is the supper.....dogchengchew....

      koos.vandermerwe.92 - 2012-05-12 12:43

      There were more than one dog

      sean.looney - 2012-05-12 14:02

      @dries - the japanese don't eat dogs! saying that they do enjoy a spot of whaling... get them out of there as soon as possible!

  • Lionel - 2012-05-12 12:31

    20NM or 20M? news 24?

      andre.rabie3 - 2012-05-12 12:54

      Lionel, please go back to school and ask your money back, u ,#$#$ %^%$%$% &*&^%@# READ AGAIN <<<< was about 20m off-shore in the wave-line and rescue efforts were in progress

  • Jim - 2012-05-12 12:34

    Oi...hope the oil doesn’t leak out..that will turn the beach black, and then the DA will get the blame for cleaning up the beach and making it a white beach...aikona..!

  • Adil Smit - 2012-05-12 12:40

    Don't leave the dog on board a ship that's in trouble!!!

      Trevor - 2012-05-12 12:50

      true where the SPCA now????....and the captain left with most of the crew (skeleton crew left on ship???)

      Adil Smit - 2012-05-12 13:56

      SPCA has contacted the NSRI

  • Trevor - 2012-05-12 12:56

    With the navigation??? Moullie Point lighthouse/fog horn...and the next lighthouse Cape Point around the corner or Milnerton lighthouse depends from what side they came from...something is "fishy"..loading off "refugees"....mmmmmmm

  • gouwsp - 2012-05-12 13:07

    Something Fishy !!! they were prob fishing illegaly in our waters stealing our fish - buggers lock them up confidcate the boat and give the dog to a good home.

  • Andrew Collings - 2012-05-12 13:28

    Ya. My first question is why the hell is a trawler so far from Japan?

  • Sandy - 2012-05-12 13:41

    Wow who is gonna clean up this mess? We are still sitting with the Seli 1 which is now broken up into Seli 3 in Table view?

      Jayson.Keevy.23 - 2012-05-12 15:50

      LOL @ Seli 3! That's genius. They should just leave the ship there so that the owner loses out on his boat.

  • lisa.tamarozzi - 2012-05-12 15:02

    PLEASE GET THE DOG OFF !!!!!!!!!!!

  • nasheenar - 2012-05-13 09:15

    Why has the dog not been taken off?

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