Jeffreys Bay
Chokka boat runs aground at Shark Point

The 48 foot Chokka fishing boat Barcelona, with 12 crew onboard, ran aground on the lee side of Shark Point, 1.5 nautical miles South East of the Port of St Francis in the early hours of yesterday morning.

The crew managed to broadcast a Mayday distress call reporting to be running aground, upon which the NSRI responded.

The privately owned ski-boat Pescavore, with an NSRI crewman onboard, also responded to the Mayday.

All 12 crew members of Barcelona were found to be abandoning their vessel and were clambering onto the  rocks where the vessel had run hard aground, from unknown causes.

Sea conditions were rough with breaking surf of 3 to 4 meters, in rain and a 15 knot Westerly wind.

The skipper was treated for hypothermia and was  transported to hospital in a stable condition by ambulance.

The remaining 11 crew were treated for minor cuts and bruises and some for mild hypothermia but they did not require to be hospitalised and they were released requiring no further assistance.

SAMSA (South African Maritime Safety Authority) are investigating the incident.

Isabeau Joubert.dentist

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