Search for Mekoshker crewman continues

SAMSA have begun towing the capsized vessel as rescue operations continue for a missing crewman.

John Roberts, the missing crewman from the Mekoshker which capsized near Hout Bay. Picture: Graeme Raubenheimer/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) have on Sunday morning begun towing to shore the pleasure boat which capsized near Hout Bay leaving at least one person dead.

Initial reports saying that the Mekoshker had hit something in the water are incorrect according to National Sea Rescue Institute (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.

Sea rescue officials have also resumed their search for crew member, John Roberts, who is still missing.

37 others were rescued following Saturday's incident near Duiker Island.

Three rescue boats are searching for the missing person who is believed to be a crewman.

The NSRI are waiting for police divers, but its unsure if anyone will enter the water because of rough sea conditions.

It's understood the man who died was a British national.