Sunday, October 14, 2012

Boaters Die in South Africa

Police to probe Hout Bay boat accident

Sunday 14 October 2012 14:25
Police have opened an inquest docket after two people died in a boating accident in Hout Bay, in the Cape Peninsula. 

Thirty-eight people, including several tourists, were on board the boat when it capsized north of Duiker Island, yesterday.

Rescuers recovered the body of crew member, John Roberts today. The body of British tourist, Peter Hyatt was found late yesterday.

National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) spokesperson, Craig Lambinon, says the vessel has also been recovered.

He says that the vessel itself is now going to be taken by the Smit Amandla as a salvage operation. “It will then be handed over to the South African Maritime Safety Authority (Samsa) who have begun a formal investigation into how this incident happened.”


Apple said...

That must have been hard I read ��

equinox said...

Phew, thank goodness Seamus O'Riley can swim.

Apple said...

hard "to" read SMH autocorrect

Lemon said...

Thank goodness Peter's not British!

Tania Cadogan said...

It always makes you go brrrr when something nasty happens to someone with the exact same name us you.
Our name is an integral part of who we are and when we see the name in relation to something bad it is like a tiny part of us suffers the same fate.
This is more so if our name is not that common.

My name is decidedly uncommon, yet, on googling it as we all do, there is another lady out there with the exact same name and spelling as myself.

We also all feel a little glow inside when someone with the same name has something nice happen to them.

It still however, makes us do a double take when a familiar name crops up.

~Water wings all round~

Lis said...

That made my heart stop for a second there.

Anonymous said...

If the boat capsized, wouldn't it still be floating, only up side down? There doesn't seem to be any great mystery here other than the boat capsized, and why. The question is, what caused it to capsize?

It would appear fairly simple to look down there and see what caused it, wouldn't you think? I'm sure no one got underneath it and flipped it up side down, (too heavy) so then, what did it strike causing it to capsize, since boats don't just decide to flip over all by themelves?

What would be the need to turn the boat into salvage since it didn't sink? Other than it being a tragic accident and two lives lost, just flip it right side up and boogie, right? Or were the props damaged? Still don't see the need to turn it into salvage.

But then, I'm not a boater so how would I know.

dadgum said...

There's another Hobnob?? Dadgum...who whouldda thought..

Tania Cadogan said...

My mom always said when she was carrying me, the Drs and her thought i was twins.
I was 7 weeks overdue (i blame the fact it was a miserable winter and i wasn't coming out for no one as i hate the cold)
When i finally arrived (1week labor 24 hrs pushing) i was a cute 6lbs 8ozs and fit in the Dr's hand.
As mom said, a whole lot of effort for a shortarse.

My Mom said the world should be grateful there wasn't two of me, one was plenty for it to be dealing with hehe

Tania Cadogan said...

Boats and ships can capsize for many reasons, rogue wave, overloaded, all the passengers running to one side, incorrect ballast, hitting something large or rocky.

Capsized boats can sometimes float for some time before sinking, it depends on the boat, any damage and weather conditions.
Poor conditions can result in air trapped underneath escaping causing it to eventually sink, also air trapped underneath will eventually leak away regardless

A capsized boat, again depending on type can sometimes be salvageable depending why it capsized, location, size, cost and weather.
Others are unsalvageable due to type, damage, cost to salvage, weather conditions and location.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the lesson in boating accidents!

I could understand an accident like the Titanic hitting an iceberg and ripping open, filling the lower decks with water and ultimately filling entirely, splitting in half and sinking; also one that is whipping around in rough seas, but a boat that simply capsized would not necessarily happen in the same or a similar manner.

I nearly met with a similar fate myself once when a sudden storm arose while on a sailboat to Biminy. I relived the Bermuda Triangle horrors over and over in my mind, so very close, mysteriously sucked into the black hole forever. There were only the two of us on board, how we ever got control of the sails I will never know. The hand of God, I'm sure.

I'm through with the waters now, having only been out a couple of times since then on day-trip gambling cruises into the Atlantic and hated every minute of it. Even the good food and the slots couldn't settle my mind. Like a big black cloud hanging over me. Won't do that again. No yachts either, no ferrys, no fishing boats, none of it. Done with it.

Anywayz, thanks. I get it.

Tania Cadogan said...

Remember, when sailing on the oceans blue you will only ever be a few miles from land it's called the seabed :)

Anonymous said...

A few MILES from land?! We were no FEW miles from land! We were way out in the Atlantic ocean for four days headed towards Biminy, in or near the Bermuda Triangle. Look it up. MANY mysterious disappearances down there.

Besides, that is no comfort to me when you are alone with this one other person who is trying to master the sails on this ocean blue, and you are the only helper he has and you don't know squat about sailing; in the middle of a whipping storm, and your little 32' sailboat is tipping and spinning around and around and it only takes a few feet of water to drown in.

Whew! I shudder to think of it even now. I was an idiot to go on that trip with him. People do stupid things and that was stupid.