Woman crept into boat cupboard to stay alive

2012-10-15 11:28

Cape Town - One of three women trapped under a capsized boat in Hout Bay stayed alive by pulling herself into a small cupboard, it was reported on Monday.

"There was a small place, like a cupboard, where the life jackets were kept and there was an air pocket. The water was so cold I knew I must pull myself up in that space," Anna-Marie Wever told the Cape Times from her bed in an intensive care unit at Vincent Palotti hospital.

"There were two other women, younger. One was very anxious and was crying. It was difficult to breathe, not much air. I said 'listen to what I say and be calm'."

The charter boat, carrying 39 people, capsized near Duiker Island on Saturday afternoon. British tourist Peter Hyett, 64, and crew member John Roberts, 37, drowned.

Wever, from Stellenbosch told the newspaper a wave apparently broke over the stern, followed by the port engine stalling and then the starboard. Life jackets were handed out and the life raft was inflated. The boat apparently then flipped over.

Divers braved rough sea conditions to rescue the women trapped under the hull.

A formal investigation into the incident was underway.

  • elsbeth.verhoeven - 2012-10-15 11:42

    Ek salute jou Anne-Marie. Hoop jy word gou gesond.

      anton.labuschagne - 2012-10-15 11:48

      Andile ...WTF!!!!

      stompies.hattingh.5 - 2012-10-15 11:48

      andile, are you lost my friend?

      ron.lawrance - 2012-10-15 11:50

      @ andile.mhlangu.7 .???? What has all that to do with the boat tragedy on Saturday???

      sally.lewitt - 2012-10-15 12:00

      Andile is obviously suffering from an inferiority complex to make such an idiotic statement on the survival of a woman's near drowning and the two that lost their lives.. Get a life dude, such as improving your crappy attitude.. Mm.. Make a name change if its going to make you feel better

      gerald.parker.3956 - 2012-10-15 12:01

      Andile I see that you put your IQ behind your name

      janice.mcmaster.92 - 2012-10-15 12:07

      andile is the only one who gave herself a thumbs up! IDIOT!!!

      susanna.smit.7 - 2012-10-15 12:07

      Andile, even the ocean is racist! See, the white women survived and you can blame that on apartheid as well, because the cupboard the white woman crept into called her on her white name after it read her name of the guest list. (The cupboard was educated and didn't burn down the school it attended with the other cupboards.)

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-10-15 12:12

      Andile can only copy and paste.

      sally.lewitt - 2012-10-15 12:19

      Susanna, just wondering if those cupboards where made from wood? If so, they had to be make by someone superior..

      eugene.meyer1980 - 2012-10-15 13:00

      Dear news24 readers. News24 would have called back Andile to respond to all the replies she received with her comment, but due to her name sounding black, news24 thought the better of it...or it could be that she just sounded very stupid. Either way, news24 wont call her back.

      stanton.clarke - 2012-10-15 15:17

      Ha Ha Ha Andile, white people this and white people that.

      WangJinNam - 2012-10-15 15:19

      Andile, Andile, Andile, my dear friend, Andile. If a white man was to site a study done in the USA you would be the first one to stone the guy. The racial situations in the USA and in South Africa are different. Here black people have the highest chance of being called back for an interview. Also I do not see how this story has anything to do with race. Racism has so clouded and narrowed your mind that all you see are racists. The old adage holds true in your case, Andile, "By beholding we become changed" you have become that which you despise. A racist. So, if you want to talk about racism write an article so that we can all talk about it again. But this story has nothing to do with racism. Just my 2 cents.

  • marianne.urtel - 2012-10-15 11:55

    Andile, not every report or situatio can be dragged into a dialogue of racism. My goodness, this is equal to living your life with an ailment of tunnel vision. There is a time to be angry, a time to rectify and then a time to heal and accept. Your comment is strange....and inflammotory and definitely not unbiased.... Heal brother or sister, heal. We mean you no harm. There is a future that we may live in unity.... if you allow this.

      sally.lewitt - 2012-10-15 12:07

      Andy is having PMS.. Xna!

      eugene.meyer1980 - 2012-10-15 13:06

      What Andile is trying to say is if Anne-Marie did not have a white sounding name, there would not have been an air pocket in the cupboard where the life jackets were. This article is solid proof of how people with white sounding names have an unfair advantage over people with black sounding names. I know it doesnt make sense now, but the point she is trying to make is that the air pocket was racist, and should have been punished.

  • rosalind.may - 2012-10-15 12:06

    Andile is my laugh of the day!

  • gordon.turner.37 - 2012-10-15 12:12

    Having seen this small space and the route they took to get in there, it is absolutely astonishing that they survived. The rescue work done by Metro Police and SAPS dive unit was remarkable. Sad that 2 people lost their lives, but it could have been far worse... far far worse.

  • venessa.venter - 2012-10-15 12:13

    Are you having a bad day Andile?

  • thembisa.ombinda - 2012-10-15 12:17

    @Andile, my humble apologies for forgetting to remind you to go get your anti-depressants. The stress you have been under the past few weeks and the fact that today is Monday must be contributing to your high anxiety levels. Please get your pills fast, we don't want you saying anymore irresponsible things in public. Sorry everyone, this is my fault, Andile is psychotic and its my job to remind him to take his medication. Ignore him.

      sally.lewitt - 2012-10-15 12:22

      @thembisa.ombinda, you've just made my day! Lol!!! Good start for a Monday!

      alan.jerrold - 2012-10-15 12:55

      Good call, thembisa, but can you pleeeze also keep him tied up in his straitjacket at ALL times? Make sure his fingers can't reach the mental hospital's computer keyboard. Many thanks; you will then have done us all a great favour. Go well.

  • lamaphanga1 - 2012-10-15 12:18

    Moegoe van die week!!!!!! Andile.Mahlangu7....

  • David Steyn - 2012-10-15 12:29

    Andilen.Andile,Andile. Ag shame man!

  • christopher.m.lowe - 2012-10-15 12:29

    How did the crew man drown? I would have thought that all crew members would be proficient swimmers? If the crew can't swim, what hope for the passengers?

      cathy.g.ingram - 2012-10-15 12:40

      I believe he gave his life jacket to another passenger. By doing this he saved another life, sacrificing his own.

      shannon.ficek - 2012-10-15 18:19

      unfortunatley even lifesavers have been known to drown and in those chaotic, unpredictable and cold conditions anything is possible

  • marcel.d.plessis.3 - 2012-10-15 12:37

    @Andile your comment says it all... You are living proof why SA is in such a mess you T0$$3R

  • David Steyn - 2012-10-15 12:38

    Andile seeing that you raised the subject can you then please explain to me how BEE,AA and all those nice goodies that go with it fits into democracy? Favouring the majority of people in this country. Maybe we should call it what it is. Revenge!! By the way, I will give you the benefit of doubt that you probably made an incorrect posting.

      Andrea - 2012-10-15 13:09

      David, don't get your panties in a knot. Andile generally posts itiot statements like these all over the show, regardless of the content of the article. He/she/it wants to appear to be educated, however I'm not entirely convinced that he/she/it is, seeing that none of the posts are ever relevant. Sad, really, when one can copy & paste, but not take the time to read.

  • morne.scheepers.58 - 2012-10-15 12:45

    Any skipper off a small sea going vessel will know that it is law that all personnel, passengers or crew shall have their life jackets on whilst exiting or entering a harbor or doing surf launching or beaching. Maybe the operator should be held liable for the loss off life.

      grant.peddie.31 - 2012-10-15 13:53

      Maybe of a small sea going vessel yes, But these vessels are class 6 passenger vessels and wearing of life jackets is at the discretion of the passenger or if the skipper orders life jackets to be worn.

  • nyiko.ngobeni.5011 - 2012-10-15 13:00

    Few weeks ago I was on holiday in CT. Went to Hout Bay and took one of those boats. Must say the ride was on the scary side. No suprise this one capsized

  • caine.abel.75 - 2012-10-15 17:53

    Why go out in stormy weather

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