Durban – Hopes that a catamaran missing for a year has been found seems unlikely after National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) divers could not identify markings of a capsized catamaran in Agulhas on Saturday.
In a statement NSRI spokesperson Craig Lambinon on Sunday said the NSRI Agulhas duty crew launched a sea rescue craft to attempt to locate a capsized catamaran reportedly sighted off-shore of Agulhas.
According to Lambinon the floating capsized catamaran was reportedly sighted on numerous occasions and was hoped that she was the catamaran Sunsail that has been missing for a year.
“On arrival on the scene, following a brief search, the upturned hull of the catamaran was photographed. NSRI rescue swimmers free dived to investigate markings and as much as could be investigated under the hull. It could not be positively identify as Sunsail.
“No physical markings were found on the catamaran to assist to identify her and photographs have been sent to the Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre (MRCC), family of the missing crew of the Catamaran Sunsail and to the owners to allow them to investigate further.”
Lambinon added that NSRI Agulhas attached a satellite tracking beacon to the casualty catamaran.
“The MRCC will monitor to keep track of the position while Telkom Maritime Radio Services broadcast a Maritime Navigational Warning to warn ships in the area of the navigational hazard…”
Lambinon said the tugboat Peridot will attempt to tow the catamaran to an appropriate port.
“During the night NSRI Hermanus dispatched to investigate the option of attaching a tow-line to the catamaran to pull her from shipping lanes, but the effort was aborted and MRCC are tracking the casualty Catamaran until the tug Peridot arrives on the scene.”