I'm real interested in hearing what the cause was.
German nationals unharmed as chartered catamaran capsized south west of Seychelles main island - Seychelles News Agency
(Seychelles News Agency) - Efforts are underway to salvage
that capsized off Cap Lazare in the south-western part of the main Seychelles
island of Mahé on Wednesday afternoon, with no casualties.
The Lagoon 440
‘Zebra Moon’ belonging to the Seychelles
fleet of Dream Yacht Charter
, which has offices on Mahé as well as on the second most populated island of Praslin, was carrying five people at the time.
Pascal Durand, the manager of Dream Yacht Charter
in Seychelles, confirmed to SNA that the five people, who are all German nationals were able to come out unharmed.
According to Durand, the catamaran
was heading from the south-western part to the north-western part of Mahé and that the incident was reported at around 2 pm (local time) yesterday.
The Seychelles police, Coast Guards and Maritime Safety
Administration (SMSA) were all informed about the incident.
The Director General of the SMSA Captain
Joachim Valmont told SNA that they were informed that the five people aboard the vessel had immediately used their dinghy
to get off the catamaran within five minutes after they had noticed that it was taking on water
and quickly starting to sink.
A picture of the sunken Catamaran. (Greg Berke) Photo License
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In an emailed statement to SNA, Durand said that his clients explained to the police that they were all at the helm
station upstairs when the boat's electronics
suddenly stopped working, soon followed by the engine
decided to go down and noticed when he entered the boat
that it was taking on water… they just grabbed the life jackets and decided to put on the water
the dinghy…” read the statement.
The five persons then received the help of some local fishermen nearby to get back to shore.
Durand explained that only the front part of the hull
was visible when they reached the location about an hour and a half after the incident was reported.
He adds that steps were taken including the setting of mooring
lines to ensure that the boat
did not drift further away throughout the night considering the sea was a bit rough at the time.
The sunken catamaran was reportedly secured at a distance of about one nautical mile from the shore until this morning when work
started to assess the situation and plan the salvage
Dream Yacht Charter, which started operations in the Seychelles in 2001, has over 400 boats operating in over 30 locations worldwide.
The exact cause of the incident is under investigation by the boat charter company.