Recovery operation begins to recover stricken fishing vessel south of Cape Town

A frantic rescue operation was launched early Friday morning to save 26 fishermen after their fishing vessel caught fire in waters south of Cape Town, South Africa.

According to the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA), the crew of the fishing vessel is named Olivia Marie, was forced to abandon ship and go to life rafts when the engine room caught fire. A Mayday call from the Maritime Rescue Coordinating Center (MRCC) in Cape Town alerted nearby vessels to the situation and the crew were safely rescued.

Three ships including the Explore MV Aqua and the FV UMFONDINI, responded to the call for help and successfully rescued the crew. The Explore MV Aqua stayed on site until FV UMFONDINI arrived to take the crew to safety.

After the rescue, a navigational alert was issued to all ships in the area to report any sightings of the abandoned ship to aid in the salvage effort.

On Friday afternoon, SAMSA reported that the abandoned fishing vessel had been sighted by another vessel FV Langenbergapproximately 3.5 nautical miles from its original position.

Efforts to salvage the stricken ship are underway, and the FV Langenberg to monitor the site while salvage operations continue.

No injuries were reported in the incident and all crew members were safely returned to their home base in Hout Bay.

The successful outcome of the rescue operation was the result of the coordinated efforts of MRCC, SAMSA, Telkom Maritime Radio, NSRI stations Hout Bay and Simon’s Town, Explore MV Aqua, FV UMFONDINIand the FV Langenberg. Their quick response and teamwork ensured the safety of all involved, the MRCC said.

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