Cata­ma­ran sinks in East Lon­don har­bour

Daily Dispatch - - Front Page - MIKE LOEWE

The R4m 13.4-me­tre cata­ma­ran Com­fort­ably Numb sank at its moor­ing in the East Lon­don har­bour on Wed­nes­day.

Owner Gra­ham Went­worth was not tak­ing calls but Wayne Flow­er­day, for­mer com­modore of the Buf­falo River Yacht Club, said the yacht was dam­aged by the rud­der on Tues­day. A wind had caused the “cat” to bash up against rocks, and by 7am Com­fort­ably Numb was sink­ing.

Video footage shows one hull of the 12-ton ves­sel deep in the wa­ter and peo­ple try­ing to get the hoses into it to pump out the wa­ter.

Flow­er­day said six pumps were brought into ac­tion, but the yacht sank.

He said Went­worth and his wife had re­fit­ted the yacht with a new mast and and other parts, and were ready­ing to go­ing on a long cruise.

He said the value of the yacht was be­tween R4m and R4.5m but the re­place­ment value was more – about R6m.

● In late July Went­worth was in­volved in a boat parking rage in­ci­dent with dive boat owner and op­er­a­tor Ter­ance Roe­bert, 62, which led to Roe­bert be­ing hos­pi­talised briefly.

Roe­bert claimed the ar­gu­ment started af­ter Went­worth moored his 12-ton yacht, the Com­fort­ably Numb , against his dive boat.

Went­worth never com­mented on the is­sue.

Picture: SUP­PLIED

GO­ING, GO­ING... At­tempts to pump wa­ter out of the Com­fort­ably Numb in the East Lon­don har­bour on Wed­nes­day failed, and the boat slowly sank to the river bed 3m be­low.

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