Yacht aground, 1 survivor and 2 deceased | nsri.org.za
sad news,we cruised in company with the owners ,crossing the atlantic in 99.
the yacht apparently hit the rocks in fog
and capsized off the western cape of south Africa
RIP George and condolences to the families.
Two dead in West Coast
01 February 2016 at 13:31pm
By: Staff Writer
- A man and a woman died and a man survived when their wooden yacht ran aground in fog
along the Cape West Coast
early on Monday morning.
Police and rescue
authorities would not name the boat
or the people involved until they had informed their next of kin.
The yacht lay smashed on the rocks at Bokpunt, just north of the Koeberg nuclear power station and south of Ganzekraal resort on Monday morning, with waves crashing against the wreckage as its contents washed ashore.
The survivor, said to be an experienced sailor, suffered a gash to the head
and was bleeding profusely when he reached the beach and ran to get help.
Members of State Pathology Services removed the bodies of the two deceasedon Monday morning.
All three aboard the yacht were believed to be between the ages of 50 and 70, said National Sea Rescue
Institute spokesman Craig Lambinon.
“I cannot give you much detail, as we do have to make sure the families are told before they read about it in the newspapers. I can therefore not name the people or the yacht.”
According to reports, the sea was calm and there was no wind
when the boat
struck. It not only ran aground, but capsized as it struck, Lambinon said.
It is believed the boat was a 47-foot sloop
“The boat is completely wrecked and lots of flotsam has washed ashore in amongst the rocks,” said Cape Argus photographer Henk Kruger who was at the scene on Monday morning.
“A portion of the stern is still visible on top of the rocks, probably about one eighth of the boat, and the waves are still breaking against it,” he said.
The yacht’s crew are believed to have family