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Published on : Saturday, September 16, 2017
For more than half an hour on Friday afternoon, 68 tourists and crew members were caught in fierce whirlwinds of a storm, on board a sinking Robben Island ferry before they were finally rescued and brought ashore.
Their passenger ferry Thandi had nose-dived straight into a large swell in stormy conditions about halfway between the mainland and Robben Island.
Thereafter the emergency processes had to be activated and passengers were all huddled on the listing deck till the rescuers arrived at the scene. Eventually everyone was safely transferred onto a larger passenger ferry named Madiba 1 that was on her way back to the mainland.
One of the passengers had to be rushed to a hospital as the person had been suffering from anxiety.
Most of the passengers of the sinking ferry were left traumatized. The shaken people then disembarked safely at the ferry main jetty at the V &A Waterfront. Here they were offered blankets.
Next they were debriefed by the officials of Robben Island Museum.
The NSRI mentioned that the South African Maritime Safety Authority would be carrying out an investigation to probe the incident and efforts are currently underway to recover the ferry.
Nonkululeko Charters owns the ferry.