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Two Trawlers Aground ! | by Robert Lurie
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Two Trawlers Aground !

(VIEW LARGE). On 31/07/08 at about 4p.m. two fishing trawlers ran aground at Kreefte Bay, near Melkbosstrand, just north of Cape Town, South Africa. The trawler "Weskus 1" radioed that a rope had jammed its propeller. Then the trawler "Seawin Sapphire" went to its aid, but damaged its own propeller by hitting a submerged reef. The strong northerly wind drove both the disabled vessels towards the shore.The crews abandoned ship & were helped ashore by National Sea Rescue Institute divers, volunteers & local police who entered the water fully clothed ! Fortunately all crew & rescuers were unharmed.Currently urgent plans are being made to remove the fuel oil on board before any environmental damage ensues.(This photo was taken the following day)


UPDATE: After only 24 high tides, the "Weskus 1" in the front foreground broke up, before salvage plans could begin !!!!!

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Taken on August 1, 2008