Two die as yacht capsizes off Western Cape coast

2016-02-01 13:52
The yacht which had been smashed to pieces. (Mariette De Jager, NSRI)

The yacht which had been smashed to pieces. (Mariette De Jager, NSRI)

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Cape Town - Two people died when their yacht capsized between Bokpunt and Gansekraal in the Western Cape in the early hours of Monday morning, the National Sea Rescue Institute said. 

Spokesperson Craig Lambinon said three people were on board the yacht that was sailing from Langebaan to Cape Town.

Rescuers found the vessel broken up among the rocks in the shore line.

A survivor, a 66-year-old Irishman, got to shore and raised the alarm. He was unhurt. The bodies of a 61-year-old Scotsman and a 49-year-old Irish woman were recovered. All three were Western Cape residents. 

It was not yet known what caused the yacht to run aground. It could not be confirmed if the yacht capsized before running aground. The SA Maritime Safety Authority would investigate. Police opened an inquest docket.

“Family are being assisted by foreign consulates and sincerest condolences are expressed to family and friends by all emergency services involved in the operation today,” Lambinon said.

Read more on:    nsri  |  cape town  |  maritime

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