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Cape Town - They had just placed in the top four at this year’s Two Ocean Marlin Competition when things started to go wrong for the crew of the 60m fishing boat.
The owner of the Marauder from Hout Bay, Danie Halgryn, said they were en route to the harbour on Saturday after the competition when the boat’s anchor chain snapped.
“The boat got stuck in the water and sand off Struisbaai beach after its anchor chain broke and allowed it to drift to shore.
“The boat drifted out in big swells and the current was strong,” he said.
Halgryn said there were strong winds and rough seas but a group of seven men and members of the NSRI managed to get a line to the boat.
When the Cape Times visited the scene, a rescue team had started pumping out the more than 1 800 litres of diesel.
”We managed to take out some of the expensive fishing equipment and the electronics,” Halgryn said.
“I don’t know what the chances are of saving this boat because the engine is filled with water.”
Suid Punt Deep Sea Angling Club chairman Johan van der Walt said this was the first serious incident in five years of the competition.
The competition, in its sixth year, began on February 11 and ended on Friday. Van der Walt said they were assisting Halgryn.