11 fishermen missing from Cape Town


A large-scale search continues for 11 fishermen who are missing after their boat ran into trouble on Friday, about 30 nautical miles from the Atlantic coast in the vicinity of Hout Bay.

The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) received an emergency call at 15:40 that the ship was sinking. All ships in the area were immediately asked to assist and at least five fishing boats helped comb the search area.

A total of nine of the 20 crew members were found on a lifeboat overnight and taken on board one of the fishing vessels. They are not injured.

More NSRI vessels were deployed and the police, diving unit, Western Cape disaster management, the emergency services and law enforcement agencies, among others, were put on standby.

The Transnet Port Authority, Port Control and NSRI control rooms also assisted the Maritime Rescue Coordination Center in handling the logistics and coordination of the rescue operation.

Three vessels from the NSRI along with the fishing boats, an airplane and a helicopter participated in an extensive search for the 11 missing fishermen in rough sea conditions. Both lifeboats of the ship have since been recovered.

It is unclear at this stage what caused the sinking of the ship.

“Despite an extensive air and sea search, there is still no sign of the 11 missing fishermen. The search continues,” says the NSRI’s statement.

The NSRI also expressed its condolences to the fishermen’s families and the fishing company.

All ships in the area were asked to continue to be on the lookout for the missing fishermen.