CT authorities investigate risks after trawler accident

Disaster management will investigate the environmental risk factors, after a fishing trawler ran aground.

A Japanese fishing trawler ran aground at a Clifton beach on 12 May 2012. Picture: Chanel September/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Disaster management authorities in Cape Town said they were investigating environmental risk factors, after a fishing trawler carrying 90 tons of diesel ran aground at a Clifton beach.

The 50-metre Japanese vessel ran aground at Clifton's First Beach on Saturday morning.

The spokesperson for Cape Town Disaster Management, Wilfred Solomons-Johannes, said the Japanese registered vessel is located in a sensitive area.

To discuss the risk of pollution, Solomons-Johannes said they had engaged with the departments of Environmental Affairs, roads and transport, as well as the South African Maritime Safety Authority (Samsa).

19 of the 28 crew members and a dog were rescued from the vessel earlier.

Spokesperson for the National Sea Rescue Institute, Craig Lambinon, said all crew members were doing well.

He said one person was injured and treated.

Crew members were removed from the scene and taken to Granger Bay to recuperate.

Lambinon said the Samsa will now assess the viability of towing the vessel out to sea, "at this high tide".

It is still not clear what caused the ship to run aground.