Catamaran hull located adrift at sea:

SEA RESCUE – Agulhas – Saturday, 23rd January. Catamaran hull located adrift at sea:
At 15h30, Saturday, 23rd January, NSRI Agulhas duty crew launched a sea rescue craft to attempt to locate a capsized catamaran reportedly sighted approximately 42 nautical miles off-shore of Agulhas.
Sea Rescue Agulhas crew inspecting the hull.

Sea Rescue Agulhas crew inspecting the hull.

NSRI Hermanus launched a sea rescue craft to stand-by in the area as back-up.
The floating capsized casualty Catamaran has reportedly been sighted on numerous occasions and hopes are that she is the Catamaran Sunsail that has been missing for a year.On arrival on the scene, following a brief search, the upturned hull of the Catamaran was photographed by NSRI and NSRI rescue swimmers free dived to investigate markings and as much as could be investigated under the hull.

NSRI could not positively identify her as Sunsail.

No physical markings were found on the Catamaran to assist to identify her and photographs have been sent to MRCC (Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre), family of the missing crew of the Catamaran Sunsail and to the Catamaran Sunsail owners to allow them to investigate further.

NSRI Agulhas attached a satellite tracking beacon to the casualty Catamaran which MRCC will monitor to keep track of the position while Telkom Maritime Radio Services broadcast a Maritime Navigational Warning to warn ships in the area of the navigational hazard and the tug boat Peridot operated by Smit Amandla were activated and they will attempt to tow the casualty Catamaran to an appropriate Port.

During the night NSRI Hermanus were dispatched to investigate the option of attaching a tow-line to the catamaran to pull her from shipping lanes but the effort was aborted and MRCC are tracking the casualty Catamaran until the tug Peridot arrive on the scene.

Photographs are available on Sea Rescue’s FLICKR page for media use.

Sea Rescue Agulhas crew inspecting the hull.

Sea Rescue Agulhas crew inspecting the hull.

Sea Rescue Agulhas crew inspecting the hull.

Sea Rescue Agulhas crew inspecting the hull.


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15 Responses to “Catamaran hull located adrift at sea:”

    24. Jan, 2016 at 17:04 #

    Well done to NSRI for their successful tagging of the catamaran for salvage to be attempted. The families and friends of the crew as well as thousands of supporters have been praying for some closure to this tragedy for the past year. Now it seems that with your help this is a possibility So sad that this aid was not possible a year ago as this saga may have had a far happier outcome. God bless you all.

    • Gustavo Dreller
      24. Jan, 2016 at 18:49 #

      I found the catamaran is the result of prayers and efforts. This will help us to know what happened to the three men.

  2. Ian Knıpe
    24. Jan, 2016 at 17:43 #

    i can see a sunsail logo on the port hullat the bows ?

  3. Piskyboo
    24. Jan, 2016 at 19:58 #

    Looking at the image of the logo on the upturned hull it most certainly looks like the Sunsail logo. I worked for them for a number of years in the UK. I hope the families get closure soon.

    • Dale Nolan
      25. Jan, 2016 at 07:44 #

      I agree that it is the Sunsail logo. I am so impressed by the efforts of the NSRI. You guys and ladies are my heroes!

  4. Pete Theunissen
    25. Jan, 2016 at 12:29 #

    Well done to NSRI you guys rock.

  5. Lionel Latigan
    25. Jan, 2016 at 15:48 #

    Definitely Sunsail Logo and underwater lines are correct R & C boat. Is the liftraft still in the aft cockpit locker??

  6. Stephan Venter
    26. Jan, 2016 at 08:08 #

    Good Work, please keep us in the loop, Condolences to all three Families. Hope and Pray you find all the answers you are looking for.
    Thanks to NSRI for all done thus far

  7. Danie
    26. Jan, 2016 at 15:51 #

    Well done guys.
    As a skipper myself I can imagine how this tragedy has affected the aggrieved families and how this wreck is what is needed to bring final closure.

  8. sharon
    26. Jan, 2016 at 18:21 #

    Thank you NSRI. Always for all you do.
    Now.. safely home to Peridot, her master and crew. Godspeed and safe to port.

    I pray the family can find some closure.. as all seem to be saying that this is the missing cat.
    Quite remarkable that it has found its way “home”.. after following the story and families’ anguish for so long.

  9. ELTON
    27. Jan, 2016 at 20:11 #

    URGENT REQUEST : A beacon was attached to the hull of Moorings A5130. Its has become known, that the Cat has sunken en-route Cape Town, hence erratic track of the Peridot vessel. Is there someone somewhere who can confirm the accuracy as communicated on AVCOM.

    • Alan
      28. Jan, 2016 at 17:53 #


      Nobody knows if it has sunk. The tow boat is still looking for the upturned hull that broke away from the tug boat duing the early hours.

  10. stephan Venter
    29. Jan, 2016 at 09:10 #

    That gives light to all these speculation going around, why don’t they track it, it has a GPS tracking system attached to it. I Think these people need to post regular updates, its confusing and puts NSRI in a bad light, I saw a article that said NSRI was towing it and lost it.
    People need to please confirm the facts before talking to the media, Sorry if I did say too much on this regard.
    But this is a serious but delicate mater.
    To NSRI, please inform us, and the media of all correct information if you can.

  11. Craig Boswell
    01. Feb, 2016 at 14:18 #

    Hi, is there any update on this tragic story.

    • sharon
      01. Feb, 2016 at 18:22 #

      Heartbreaking 🙁
      The families had a press conference at the Waterfront today.
      Refer to their “Searching for Anthony, Reg & Jaryd” group (page) on Facebook. Where there is a copy of their statement.

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