Samsa probes capsized boat

Samsa will conduct a thorough investigation after the Miroshga pleasure boat capsized in Hout Bay.

Forensic pathologists arrive to remove the body of a man who drowned when the Miroshga boat capsized in Hout Bay on 13 October 2012. Picture: Malungelo Booi/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The South African Maritime Safety Authority (Samsa) on Monday said it was assessing the Miroshga pleasure boat that capsized in Hout Bay.

Two people died and scores others were injured when the vessel upturned near Duiker Island on Saturday.

The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) reckons the Miroshga's engines failed and it flooded with water before it capsized.

Samsa's Dave Colly said they are pulling out all the stops to find the cause of the accident.

"We have to examine all the technicalities as well as the human element side of it to find out what sequence of events lead us to something that we didn't think was possible. What transpired is almost unbelievable."

Colly said pleasure boats are inspected every year.

"It has carried thousands of tourists and we do ad-hoc inspections from time to time to make sure that they are up to standard."

A British national, Peter Hyatt, died in the accident.

An autopsy will be conducted later.

Hyatt's family has been informed about his death.