11 Missing After South African Trawler Sinks off Cape of Good Hope

Sun May 19 2024
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CAPE TOWN, South Africa: Eleven fishermen are missing after their trawler sank in the South Atlantic 30 nautical miles from the Cape of Good Hope, South African rescue services said on Saturday.

The fishing vessel ran into trouble on Friday, but local officials said they had not given up hope of the man, although an air and sea search turned up no trace.

“My prayers are with the families of those still missing at sea,” said Cape Town Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis.

The National Sea Rescue Institute, South Africa’s lifeboat organisation, said 20 crew had been on board the missing trawler.

Nine survivors were found by other fishing vessels on a life raft after the ship issued a distress call on Friday afternoon.

Lifeboats were launched from Hout Bay and Table Bay in the Cape, along with helicopters and aircraft from Cape Town-based private operator Aerios Global.

However, air and sea searches have so far failed to locate the eleven missing crew members.

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