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Stranded SA crew: Govt in repatriation talks with Angola

Several crew members on board the Bluegate fishing vessel were forced to dock in Angola.

FILE: The Department of International Relations on Wednesday said it would meet with Angolan authorities in a bid to repatriate South Africans on board a stranded vessel off the coast of Angola. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Department of International Relations on Wednesday said it would meet with Angolan authorities in a bid to repatriate South Africans on board a stranded vessel off the coast of Angola.

Several crew members are on board the Bluegate fishing vessel which left Durban in March.

Family members have told Eyewitness News the men have run out of food and water.

The ship was en route to Nigeria when it ran out of fuel, forcing the crew to dock in Angola.

The department's Clayson Monyela says the department is trying to help them.

"We are trying to assist them within the confines of what we can do in a sovereign country that is implementing its own laws. The ambassador and his team are doing all they can to come to the assistance of the South Africans."