Catamaran sinks in East London harbour
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.
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.