Boat accident probe 'well underway'

The investigation into the Hout Bay boat accident is expected to be wrapped up next week.

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

CAPE TOWN - The South African Maritime Safety Authority's investigation into a fatal Hout Bay boat accident may be completed as early as next week.

Welshman Peter Hyatt and crew member John Roberts died after the Miroshga whale watching catamaran capsized on Saturday.

At least 37 others, including several foreigners, were injured.

Western Cape Tourism MEC Alan Winde has praised those who assisted with the rescue operation.

Winde thanked the SA Navy, the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) and the City of Cape Town for pulling resources and averting a major disaster this past weekend.

He also sent his condolences to the affected families, adding Samsa's probe into the accident is well underway.

"According to the information that I received, it should take another week before we can have the results."

The city's Wilfred Solomons-Johannes confirmed Hyatt's body will be sent to his home country before the end of the week.

"We're making arrangements through Cape Town Tourism that we can fly the family back and we'd like them to be on the same flight as the body."

The SA Navy says it is honoured it took part in the rescue, adding it took their divers no less than 10 minutes to find Roberts' body.