NSRI: Maritime Safety Authority to probe cause of sinking Robben Island ferry

The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) says an investigation will be launched to determine why a Robben Island ferry took on water and started sinking in the Cape Town harbour.

NSRI spokesperson Craig Lambinon says the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) will probe how the sinking vessel took on water on Friday afternoon.

All 68 passengers and crew aboard the damaged Robben Island ferry have all been safely evacuated from the sinking vessel.

All of the 68 passengers, which includes the crew members, have been safely rescued and brought to shore.

Craig Lambinon, NSRI spokesperson

Everyone is accounted for and safe.

Craig Lambinon, NSRI spokesperson

Two passengers have been transported to hospital, but both are in stable conditions.

Some passengers have also been treated for mild hypothermia.

Lambinon says efforts are now underway to recover the vessel.

The NSRI has commended all authorities and persons involved in the rescue operation.

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