Rescue efforts ongoing
18 February 2020 | Accidents
A source confirmed that the hake trawler Resplendent experienced trouble today at around 13:00 and started taking in water.
A number of other fishing vessels in the area rushed to the assistance of the Resplendent crew.
“The factory is in radio contact with the rescued crew members. They are all in shock. We do not know at this stage if there were any fatalities. Begonia, Victory and Fisherbank were also fishing in the area and came to the rescue of the crew members,” a source who chose to remain anonymous said.
The vessel accommodates 26 crew members and one fisheries observer and was catching hake in the deep sea. The trawler, 21m in length with a gross tonnage of 587 tons, was constructed in 2000.
Details of the incident remain sketchy at this stage.
Hangana is a subsidiary of the Ohlthaver & List (O&L) Group of companies. According to O&L Group spokesperson, Roux-ché Locke, the company is aware of the incident.
“I can confirm that an incident involving a vessel of Hangana did occur. The investigation is ongoing and I cannot reveal much at this stage.”
She confirmed via a press statement that a distress call was received from the fishing trawler, the Resplendent, at approximately 13:00 on Tuesday, 18 February 2020.
“All possible resources were deployed to facilitate a rescue mission as the crew is our top priority. Information will be made available once the facts have been established,” Locke said.
Hangana operates and manages its own fleet of seven wet fish trawlers with a combined catching capacity of 22 000 metric tons of quota per annum.