UK family to sue over Cape Town boat death

2012-10-29 10:33

Cape Town - The family of the Welsh tourist who died on a Hout Bay charter boat plan to sue the vessel's owners, it was reported on Monday.

"We're planning on some sort of action because we haven't even had an apology from the owners of the Miroshga. We're very upset about that," Peter Hyett's daughter Helen told the Cape Times.

She said she had seen the preliminary report into the Cape Town accident, which detailed shortcomings in maintenance and crew competency.

Southern Ambition Marine Safaris would be the target of legal action as it was the company which ran the Miroshga.

The Miroshga overturned in Hout Bay on October 13 with 39 people on board. Hyett, 64, and crew member John Roberts, 37, drowned.

"The United Kingdom coroners launched an inquest into my father's death... They'll be asking for all the police reports from South Africa," Helen Hyett was quoted as saying.

The Cape Town disaster risk management centre confirmed it had received an e-mail regarding the inquest. It would consult with the British High Commission.

  • johny.stront - 2012-10-29 10:47

    Go For It!!!!!!

      janice.mcmaster.92 - 2012-10-29 11:35

      Agree, nail them!!! It wont bring your Dad back, but it may prevent similar future disasters!!!

      paul.c.wadsworth - 2012-10-29 12:24

      Start with the Skipper, The Harbour Master, The Navy, Uncle JZ, The Insurance Company, Beach Patrol, The Police, Education Dept. and if the Vessel was built pre 1994 SUE the Whitey!!!

  • kala.bafazi - 2012-10-29 11:06

    If you want to do business with the international community you need to be responsible like the international community.

  • carolyn.dewrance - 2012-10-29 11:15

    Good it may make someone sit up and take more care next time

  • imraan.chothia.7 - 2012-10-29 11:21

    Opportunist, not even a month and you greedy british are trying to cash in. You dont even have the facts yet. Wait for the inquest to be complete before u jump. Glad u made your intentions clear

      annemariebotha.lanigan - 2012-10-29 11:47

      One wonders if you might hold the same opinion if you lost family due to this. I am pretty sure you would be hiring a lawyer as we speak. Cash in?? Let me tell you if I was in the same position, I would not rest until I had completely destroyed this company and every other one that puts money before safety.

      darryl.maze1 - 2012-10-29 15:38

      Imraan, you my friend are a twat.

      mike.down.5492 - 2012-10-29 15:45

      This imraan is not about the British, a family lost a loved one and can take whatever steps they deem necessary . Why are you glad they made their intentions clear? Do you plan to do something about? What a callous post!

  • marilyn.docherty.9 - 2012-10-29 11:34

    Take them to the cleaners. Boat was not seaworthy - Pilot not qualified to ferry pasengers. They should not be allowed to get away with it!

  • blane.blandon - 2012-10-29 11:53

    The Houtbay harbour master should also be roasted , how come he let the boat out of the harbour if there were so many short comings ?

  • paul.c.wadsworth - 2012-10-29 12:15

    Start with the Owners, The Harbour Master, The Police, Uncle JZ, The Council, The Fisheries Dept., The Navy, and the vessel was probably built pre 1994 so SUE the Whitey!

  • Andrea - 2012-10-29 12:51

    I also think this is very much a case of 'buying' seatime, pay the mob and nobody says a word, as long as money changes hands.

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