Witness tells of boating tragedy

2012-01-03 14:42

Johannesburg - The names of the 42-year-old man and two teenagers killed in a motorboat accident on the Bronkhorstspruit Dam have been made public, according to reports on Tuesday.

Eddie dos Santos, 42, Ramon da Costa, 17, and his girlfriend Mikaela de Araujo, 16, were flung from Dos Santos's motorboat on Monday afternoon, Beeld newspaper reported.

According to Beeld, Dos Santos's goddaughter, Claudia Barros-Botha, 25, and her husband Gawie Botha, 29, were being towed by the boat on an inflatable chair.

"We hit a wave then me and my wife fell off the inflatable chair. When we surfaced the boat was going in circles and nobody was in it," Botha was quoted as saying.

"The boat continued circling for a few minutes. I did not see it hit Ramon or Mikaela, but I did see when it hit Eddie and then come to a halt."

Dos Santos was presumably thrown from the boat when he made a sharp turn to pick up Botha and Barros-Botha.

All five were taken to shore by members of the Catamaran Club.

Dos Santos's wife, Dawn, fainted when she heard what happened, dam safety official Barry Page told Beeld.

"She held her husband's body in her arms and kept screaming 'Eddie! Wake up Eddie!' It was terrible to see."

Page said they were all wearing lifejackets.

  • Sharon - 2012-01-03 14:53

    A sad start to the new year, our condolenses to the family.

  • Lee - 2012-01-03 15:20

    OMG!!!! How very sad for the entire family and friends to witness such a horrible insident and for so many to be taken at one time. I'm so sorry and pray that God gives you all the help you need.

  • Grant - 2012-01-03 15:21

    What a tradegy, condolenses to the family, from a veteran cloverhill member, RIP

  • kenneth.roselt - 2012-01-03 15:33

    Was there not something a while back that said the driver should have strap on his/her wrist that if thrown off the boat, the motor dies immediately?

      kenneth.roselt - 2012-01-03 15:34

      this strap attached to a kill switch...

      Heiku - 2012-01-03 16:06

      Yes that is required. All boats ive ever seen has this built in

  • Gavin - 2012-01-03 15:43

    This is a huge tradgedy for the families involved as well as all boating people around SA. For four people to be thrown from a boat raises questions about the circumstances surrounding this incident. Under normal speed and normal conditions this should not happen. I hope that there are lessons learnt out of this tradgedy that can be shared with others to prevent similar incidents. Condolences to all those involved.

      Eunice - 2012-01-04 09:18

      three Gavin...the driver, his goddaughter and her boyfriend.

  • Bennie - 2012-01-03 16:00

    Very Sad , but every boat comes with a kill switch lynyard attached to the skipper and the throttle that in the event of the skipper thrown from the boat stops the motor immidiately.

  • Beetroot - 2012-01-03 16:20

    CUT OUTS!!! First priority in any motorised boat safety. Then life jacket! May they RIP.

      Trevor - 2012-01-03 19:00

      JLWilson-I read what Beetroot said and he said...cutout 1st then life he did not say they were not wearing lifejackets.

      Sharkshoot - 2012-01-03 19:34

      JL don't stop taking your medication. Those 'roid rage tendencies are clearly getting out of control.

  • padayachee - 2012-01-03 16:22

    Just sad, When its your time to go, Its your time to go... RIP Eddie dos Santos,Ramon da Costa and Mikaela de Araujo.

  • Albert - 2012-01-03 16:32

    Condolences the family members, what a tragic event. I was at the dam the day for a short visit, my first comment to my wife was that there is too many boats on the water. I was almost thrown from my boat whist driving some years ago because of turning with a wave parallel to the boat, this might have been the conditions on the dam the day of the tragic event. Is the amount of boats on the dam controlled by any means and by whom? Is the current deadman switch sufficient to prevent these incidents?

      Susan - 2012-01-03 22:27

      We were also at the dam yesterday wakeboarding. The water was pretty rough at first. We were the other end of the dam and never saw the tragic incident. Accidents to happen and its extremely sad that 3 lives were taken. Just hope in future all skippers will follow the appropriate rules and there will be no more tragic accidents. My deepest condolences to the families, may God be with them.

  • Trevor - 2012-01-03 17:04

    IDIOT skipper...there is a reason why the controls have a bungee kill switch that connects to the skippers wrist...stupid....

      Squeegee - 2012-01-03 19:01

      IDIOT comment, idiot!

      Joe - 2012-01-04 00:12

      Kleva Treva - take a long walk off a short pier.

      George - 2012-01-04 10:54

      Trevor you are a first class KNOB

      liezlemc - 2012-01-04 18:25

      Trevor you do not know these people and have no right to call him an idiot, you were not on that boat so you do not know what happened on it. You would not like it if it was one of your family members and a stranger called them names. So think before you say something.

  • GoodFella - 2012-01-03 18:19

    To all of you judgemental "know-it-all's" who suggested that these unfortunate people did not not wear life-jackets - please get all the facts first! A day of of fun turned tragic - please put yourselves in their situation! God bless their souls!

      Trevor - 2012-01-03 19:04

      No one suggested this, only Beetroot made a statement and he did not say they were not wearing life jackets..just the sequence of basic safety rules you must follow. As for judgemental, the boat would have cut out and STOPPED HAD the skipper followed the basic safety requirements, you EVER seen what a prop does to a human limb, guess not...I have ZERO sympathy for nonsense like this...same goes for drunk driving, both have the same outcome,injury/death.Feel bad for the victims but not the skipper.

  • Frik - 2012-01-03 19:54

    RIP Sorry

  • Miguel - 2012-01-04 08:48

    To Dad Tony Our love and support to all families Regards Miguel Bustin & Family

  • Victor - 2012-01-04 08:52

    Indeed this is a very sad tradegy,condolenses to all the family,this fatal insident would not of happened if the correct safety precautions were taken,{A KIIL SWITCH SHOULD OF BEEN IN OPPERATION/WORKING ORDER} like those who ride quad bikes without kill switches,they too suffer the same fatal insident,I have often told people to have such switches atached to quads,this is sad,let this be a lesson to all of us who take too much for granted.

      George - 2012-01-04 11:00

      Victor, with spelling like yours Im glad your not a safety instructor. Perhaps you need a KIIL switch.

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