No row, row, row your boat to SA crew stranded after ship sank

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No row, row, row your boat to SA crew stranded after ship sank

Strong winds have stalled the rescue of South Africans stuck on remote Gough Island, but at least there are supplies

Senior reporter

Strong winds and high swells on Tuesday stalled the evacuation of 62 seafarers from SA’s remote Gough Island, where they have been sheltering since their research ship sank late last week.

Conditions were too severe to airlift anybody off the island onto SA’s research vessel, the SA Agulhas II, which arrived earlier on Tuesday after a three-day voyage from Cape Town. The rescue mission is due to continue as soon as conditions allow, according to Maritime Rescue co-ordination Centre chief Jared Blows. 

The stricken crew, the majority of them South African, were fortunate to escape fisheries research vessel Geo Searcher, which sank close to the island on Friday. The circumstances are still under investigation, but it appears likely the vessel hit a rock close to the shore. It was a regular caller at Cape Town port...

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