Mekoshker crewman's body recovered

A body fitting the description of Mekoshker crewman, John Roberts, has been recovered.

The body of Mekoshker crewman John Roberts being taken to the NSRI headquarters in Hout Bay. Picture: Graeme Raubenheimer/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The body of a man thought to be the crew member of a boat which capsized in Hout Bay was recovered on Sunday by navy divers.

The recovery brings the number of dead to two.

Family members of Roberts burst into tears when National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) officials told them that a body matching his description had been found.

The body was taken to the NSRI Hout Bay headquarters where the forensic pathology unit will take evidence before the families identify the man.

At least one other person believed to be a British national died after the pleasure boat accident on Saturday.

His family has been asked to identify him at the Salt River mortuary.

A total of 37 others were rescued and most of them were injured.

The NSRI says all of them are expected to make a full recovery.

The South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) towed the Mekoshker to Table Bay harbor.

Initial reports saying that the Mekoshker had hit something in the water are incorrect according to NSRI officials heading the operation.

The Institute's Brad Geyser said water had leaked into the vessels electric engines before the boat lost all power and came to a halt in rough sea conditions.

It then capsized after flooding with water.

Two vessels that were nearby came to the Mekoshker's aid before helping some people off the boat.

At one stage, three women were trapped in the upturned hull of the boat, but rescue officials found the women by tapping on the hull.