SamsaNews24 reports that ten crew members were rescued after their fishing vessel sunk off the west of the Western Cape near Saldahna Bay.  

According to the SA Maritime Safety Authority (Samsa) Coordinating Centre in Cape Town, the sinking of the trawler, registered as the Ankoveld, occurred early on Saturday morning.  Samsa said in a statement that the vessel’s skipper, who was among the 10 rescued crew, confirmed that the Ankoveld experienced difficulties after it had begun to take on water in the engine room.  It then capsized and sank.  A vessel nearest the incident, the Atlantic Leader, successfully rescued the sunken fishing vessel’s 10 member crew who had already abandoned ship to life rafts.  All 10 crew members were safely taken to Laaiplek harbour.  Samsa officials in Saldanha Bay arrived at the scene to conduct an investigation into the incident.


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