The surviving victims of a recent boat accident in Capetown, South Africa and the loved ones of those who perished should look into consulting with a boat crash lawyer following a weekend tragedy at sea. The lives of two people were lost when a whale watching charter boat that was carrying over 30 people capsized near Hout Bay on Saturday afternoon.
The charter boat named the “Miroshga” was at Duiker Island when it capsized at around 3 p.m. Saturday. According to National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) spokesperson Craig Lambinon, two people have been confirmed dead. Search and rescue teams are still searching for several other passengers who have yet to be accounted for. NSRI members, as well as several other charter boats that were in the area, were able to rescue many of the tourists who had fallen into the sea when the maritime accident occurred.
Peter Hyett, 64, believed to be originally from Bournemouth, Dorset, was one of the passengers who was killed in the boat accident. His wife, Suzanne, 63, and her daughter Helen, 37, were also on the boat when the accident occurred. The body of John Roberts, a tour guide, was reported to have been found after the tragic maritime accident as well.
Three other passengers were rescued after being trapped for several hours. Lynette Hartman, of Cardiff, survived after being trapped for three hours in an air pocket. Two other British citizens were also rescued after being trapped in the vessel’s hull for nearly four hours. Four others are still reported to be missing.
Authorities have yet to determine what caused the boat to capsize in Duiker Island, which lies about two miles from Hout Bay on the Atlantic Ocean side of the Cape. The public has been asked to stay clear of the area while investigators continue to look for evidence and while rescue teams search for the missing passengers. If the boat is determined to have capsized because of the boat operator’s negligence, those onboard and their surviving loved ones may be entitled to compensation for their pain and suffering.
A boat operator is responsible for maintaining the safety of all who are onboard. When passenger safety is compromised, boat operators may be held liable for any injuries or fatalities that result from boating accidents. If you or someone you know has been hurt or lost their life in a boat crash, turn to our boating accident lawyers immediately for assistance.