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Two bodies recovered after boat capsizes in Hout Bay

The NSRI on Saturday confirmed that one person had drowned in a boat accident off the Hout Bay beach.

Victims that were on board a capsized boat in Hout Bay on 13 October 2012 were treated in a building belonging to the City of Cape Town. Picture: Malungelo Booi/EWN

HOUT BAY - The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) on Saturday confirmed that an adult man drowned in a boat accident in Cape Town's Hout Bay suburb.

The accident happened when a charter boat capsized on Duiker Island earlier today.

Rescue workers recovered a second person from the water, but would not confirm whether they were dead or alive.

The unknown person was transported by ambulance to a nearby hospital.

Police divers were still at the scene at 7pm, searching for two passengers that went missing.

Emergency personnel managed to rescue 31 more people from the troubled boat.

There were also unconfirmed reports that children were on board the Marashka boat.

Officials could not confirm exactly what caused the boat, believed to have been carrying tourists, to capsize.

The nationalities of the victims have yet to be revealed, but police said the French embassy had been in contact with them to ask about a French citizen.