National 20.3.2017 02:07 pm

Passenger ferry with 34 souls on board safely towed to CPT harbour

The Sea Rescue craft Spirit of Vodacom was launched, and on arrival on the scene, the ferry was found washing against the breakwater.

A passenger ferry containing 32 passengers and two crew was safely towed to the Table Bay harbour on Sunday night after the vessel experienced mechanical failure and took on water, the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) said on Monady.

The NSRI said its Table Bay duty crew responded after the Transnet National Ports Authority alerted it to a ferry adrift in the port.

“The Sea Rescue craft Spirit of Vodacom was launched, and on arrival on the scene, the ferry was found washing against the breakwater and the ferry Tommy the Tug was in attendance. Two crew members from the ferry Tommy the Tug had boarded Queen Victoria to assist,” said NSRI spokesperson Craig Lambinon.

“The sailing motor yacht Spirit of Victoria had also arrived on the scene to assist and they had taken Queen Victoria under tow and were towing her away from the breakwater towards deeper water.”

The NSRI took over and towed the ferry to her mooring before passengers safely alighted from the ferry. No injuries were sustained to the Queen Victoria Crew and passenger. However, a crew member from Tommy the Tug who had earlier boarded the vessel in distress was treated for a leg injury.

“It was then evident that Queen Victoria was taking on water, suspected to be from damage that may have been sustained to the Starboard Bow when the ferry drifted up against the breakwater, and to save the casualty craft from sinking NSRI, then towed the casualty craft to the NSRI Table Bay rescue base, where she was cradled and out of harms way and the owners will arrange to have the casualty craft removed and repaired.

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