As a crew member
of the capsized Zebra Moon I can add some of the missing information.
On the other hand, I would be very interested in the photos some of the contributors took of the capsized boat
I found this forum when searching the web for stories on capsized catamarans. I am astonished how many comments this incident attracted within less than 2 weeks.
To all the pranksters in this forum, I can assure you that German beer
was not involved, however the word schnell was used quite a lot.
I confirm Scottsters later statement that this type of Lagoon 440
had fixed emergency hatch
windows that cannot be opened/broken without hammer.
The crew consisted of 3 adults and 2 girls that had sailed together many times in the Adriatic
, the Aegean, the Baltic
and the Azores
, and has developed a habit to close all windows and hatches before sailing.
At the time of the incident, two were on the flybridge, the others on the front netting and the front pulpits enjoying the sea. We were off Anse Takamaka going SE under motor
, no sails
, against the wind
to round Pointe de Sud. Sea was a bit choppy, but overall weather
conditions fine, probably 4-5 Bft.
Suddenly the seatalk
(instruments) failed and we noticed the portside hull
was more sluggish to rise. Only seconds later the portside engine
went down to check, and immediately came back up reporting portside hull already half flooded and ordered everyone to get ready for leaving ship. Ship was now heeling considerable to port. About 2 minutes after first indication that something was wrong the water in portside hull reached level of salon
Then also the starboard engine
failed and the skipper
decided to move crew into dinghy
. By now the boat was heeling heavily to port, water was a foot high in the main salon
. Crew and skipper went into dinghy
and the boat capsized towards portside shortly after.
The time from the instrument failure on the bridge to the capsizing was probably around 5 minutes. Dinghy with crew and skipper was picked up about 30min later by fishermen who had witnessed this from a distance.
Everyone is unharmed, the charter
company provided another boat out of courtesy, we are still cruising the Seychelles
As of now, cause of this accident
is unclear. The boat sunk a few days later during salvage
Any comments, hypotheses or ideas are appreciated with respect to cause or possible prevention, as are photos (from Bahia
?, ToT?, SV Totem?) or additional witness reports on the capsized boat.
I can assure everyone that seeing a 44ft yacht go down in minutes and finding yourself and your family
in a dinghy is quite unsettling.