One person has died and two are still missing after a charter boat carrying about 34 people capsized in Hout Bay, Cape Town on Saturday.
The boat, apparently called The Maroshka and run by Hangberg Charters, capsized just before 3pm near Duiker Island, National Sea and Rescue Institute (NSRI) spokesperson Craig Lambinon said.
The search was called off on Saturday evening, and will resume at 6am on Sunday morning. At 8pm on Saturday night, two people — one reportedly a Hout Bay resident and the other a Briton living in South Africa — were still unaccounted for.
The name of the passenger who died in the accident has not yet been confirmed.
According to tweets from City Press reporter Carien du Plessis, Wilfred Solomons-Johannes from the city's Disaster Risk Management Centre said that the boat sent a distress call at 2.50pm. He added that the rescue operation was made more difficult by rough seas and poor visibility.
Sirens could be heard across the suburb on Saturday afternoon as ambulances ferried rescued passengers to hospitals in other parts of the city.
A number of Twitter users also relayed unconfirmed reports of an abalone poacher, who was in the vicinity when the boat capsized, pulling passengers out the water.