Yacht aground, 1 survivor and 2 deceased

SEA RESCUE – West Coast – Tuesday, 02 February. Names released.
NSRI, the Police and the emergency services have expressed sincerest condolences to the families and friends of George Mills, 61, from Scotland and Rachel Daly, 49, from Ireland. Both sadly lost their lives in a yachting accident on the West Coast of Cape Town in the early hours of Monday.

PJ Daly, the husband of Rachel, survived the accident and was able to get to shore to raise the alarm.

The survivor and the families of the deceased continue to be supported by the authorities involved in the incident.

Members of the public involved at the scene, NSRI Yzerfontein, Police and the emergency services who attended the scene and Police, the British and Irish Foreign Consulates and friends of the victims who assisted with support are commended for their roles in this incident.

See original media statement below.

At 04h31 on Monday the 1st of February, NSRI Yzerfontein, NSRI Melkbosstrand and NSRI Table Bay duty crews were activated by the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) following reports of a yacht capsized between Bokpunt and Gansekraal (between Melkbosstrand and Yzerfontein) on the West Coast, Western Cape, South Africa.

An NSRI Melkbosstrand sea rescue craft was launched and NSRI rescue vehicles, from Yzerfontein and Melkbosstrand, the SA Police Services, WC Government Health EMS and an EMS rescue squad and a Police Dive Unit responded.

NSRI Table Bay’s deep sea rescue craft was placed on alert.

On arrival on the scene the local yacht Tara was found broken up in amongst rocks on the shore line.

It is unknown what caused the yacht to run aground and it could not be confirmed if it had capsized before running aground. SAMSA (South African Maritime Safety Authority) will investigate.

There were three crew members on-board the yacht reportedly sailing from Langebaan to Cape Town.

A survivor, a 66 year male, an Irish citizen, a resident in the Western Cape, had managed to get to shore and he had raised the alarm. He was not injured.

The bodies of a 61 year old male, a Scottish Citizen, and a 49 year old female, an Irish Citizen, both residents in the Western Cape, were located and recovered from the scene and Paramedics confirmed that they were both deceased. Their bodies have been taken into the care of the Forensic Pathology Services.

An inquest docket has been opened by Police.

Family are being assisted by foreign consulates and Sincerest Condolences are expressed to family and friends by all emergency services involved in the operation today.

These pictures are available for media download on Sea Rescue’s Flickr page.

1.yacht picture by Mariette De Jager-NSRI_6422

Picture by: Mariette De Jager/NSRI

1.yacht picture by Mariette De Jager-NSRI_6423

Picture by: Mariette De Jager/NSRI

1.yacht picture by Mariette De Jager-NSRI_6426

Picture by: Mariette De Jager/NSRI

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8 Responses to “Yacht aground, 1 survivor and 2 deceased”

  1. Bartel Pieterse
    01. Feb, 2016 at 14:44 #

    George our Scottish friend and Racheal…..may you rest in peace. I met George in December at Paternoster in the local hotel. He was watching the sevens rugby games played in Cape Town at the well known Tietiesbaai bar. We had dinner that evening at the Voorstrand restaurant and i was suppose to sail with him the next morning to Langebaan. I felt a bit out of sorts that morning and my cousin Philip Pieterse joined him. A few days later Angelique met up with me in CT and i introduced her to this energetic adventurer round the world sailor. He was accompanied by Racheal and PJ Mitchell and we all had drinks together at the Royal Cape Yacht club. A few days later George met with us in Blaawberg and Angelique certified a copy of George’s id required for his permanant residence permit application in South Africa. The three of them came to this country a few years ago by chance and fell in love with the Cape of Storms…..

  2. sandy
    02. Feb, 2016 at 06:40 #

    We are reading this report with great shock. We have a terrible feeling that this accident happened to our friends. George Rachael and Peter. Reading the report it appears that George and Rachael are deceased. Please can you confirm this. Thank you to all for your assistance with this terrible accident.

    • Ruan
      02. Feb, 2016 at 19:06 #

      what i have researched so far that george and rachael are deceased.peter survived.im sorry for ther loss.may they rest in peace.all for the best and im praying for u.

    • Carola
      03. Feb, 2016 at 16:23 #

      So sorry, Sandy. I am also just reading this report and didn’t know them, but I do know what it’s like to hear news like this so unexpectedly via public media. May you and all their friends and family be comforted in your grief.

  3. John
    02. Feb, 2016 at 11:06 #


    I have friends living in Capetown and the age profile fits
    Do you have the name of the person who drowned

    Many thanks


  4. Ruan
    02. Feb, 2016 at 19:02 #

    I know the guy whos yacht it was 5 years ago before he sold it to george.i work with him and he also knew the 2 deceased.may they rest in peace.

  5. robin adair
    23. Dec, 2016 at 15:56 #

    has there been a conclusion of the enquiry into this incident?,what was the cause?,i knew the skipper years ago here in Scotland,..

    • Megan Hughes
      23. Dec, 2016 at 18:18 #

      Dear Robin
      SAMSA (South African Maritime Safety Authority) would have investigated the incident. You need to contact their offices as we wont have that information unfortunately – 021 421 6170.
      Many thanks.

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