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15 November 2011

Update: 57.5-foot fishing trawler, the Deshan Lanka wash up on beach near Breede River.


The fishing trawler DESHAN LANKA has been found floating with just her nose sticking out of the water 4 nautical miles from Witsand, in the direction of Still Bay, and 2 nautical miles off-shore. Picture by Attie Gunter / NSRI.

The fishing trawler DESHAN LANKA has been found floating with just her nose sticking out of the water 4 nautical miles from Witsand, in the direction of Still Bay, and 2 nautical miles off-shore.
NSRI Witsand were contacted by fishermen who had come across the submerged vessel last night. At first light NSRI Witsand launched their sea rescue craft Queenie Payne to investigate the discovery.
NSRI Still Bay are arranging an anchor from Mossel Bay and they will attempt, later today, to secure an anchor in an effort to prevent her from drifting further (and possibly not being able to be found again).
Maritime Radio Services are broadcasting a navigational warning to ships in the area to warn of the navigational hazard. The trawler is 72 feet (18 meters) long.
SAMSA (The South African Maritime Safety Authority) have been informed and any environmental threat will be investigated and a decision on what is to become of the vessel and further steps to be taken to be decided.

- NSRI

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57.5-foot fishing trawler, the Deshan Lanka wash up on beach near Breede River.


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