Skipper's body found after vessel capsizes

2017-02-05 22:06

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Cape Town - The body of a skipper was on Sunday found on board the service launch Troupant which capsized near the Table Bay Port on Saturday, the South African Maritime Safety Authority (Samsa) has confirmed.

Its acting principal officer in a statement confirmed the man’s body was to be removed from the vessel by the police’s diving unit.

The NSRI Table Bay was activated by the Transnet National Ports Authority before midday on Saturday after the vessel capsized about 300m offshore of the eastern breakwater with a skipper and two crew on board, Samsa reported. 

A work boat was dispatched and two crew were rescued.

“The skipper at that point was still missing. Both survivors were taken to Jetty 1 at the Victoria and Alfred Basin where paramedics treated them for shock and for non-fatal drowning symptoms,” Samsa said.

They were then taken to hospital by emergency services in a stable condition.

The vessel was secured to prevent it from drifting and was towed into the Cape Town port and secured.

“During the course of the night the Troupant sank alongside and during such time righted herself.  [On Sunday], a diving company was appointed by [the ports authority] and a plan to refloat the vessel was determined.”

The skipper’s body was discovered at 14:45 and the vessel was refloated by 15:30, Samsa said.

The incident was being investigated.

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