Crew member and passenger killed in Jozini boat fire
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DURBAN – A crew member who was aboard a luxury barge that caught fire at the Jozini Dam in northern KwaZulu-Natal was still missing.
The member was one of four aboard the boat with five passengers.
South African Maritime Safety Authority (Samsa) spokesman Tebogo Ramatjie said on Sunday they were investigating the fire aboard a passenger ship Shayamanzi, adding that emergency personnel were currently at the scene and the vessel was still on fire.
“The luxury barge known as Shayamanzi is said to have taken a two-night cruise on the Jozini Dam with four crew members and five passengers.
“Samsa along with other stakeholders, including emergency services, will continue to monitor the situation and update the public as new information becomes available.
“Samsa can confirm that two people (a crew member and a passenger) are deceased and one crew member is still missing.”
WATCH: The South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) is investigating a fire aboard a passenger vessel at the Jozini Dam in northern Kwa-Zulu Natal, 2 people (1 crew member and 1 passenger) died and 1 crew member is still missing. aboard the luxury barge “Shayamanzi”. pic.twitter.com/5qrJokmSs9
– Daily News (@DailyNewsSA) 10 October 2021
Samsa is the maritime agency of the National Department of Transport, established on April 1, 1998 under the Samsa Law 5 of 1998 with a mandate; ensure the safety of people and property at sea; prevent and combat pollution from ships in the marine environment and promote the maritime interests of the Republic.
Samsa was also responsible for the enforcement of the National Small Vessel Safety Administration, 2007, as amended (the Regulations).
Ramatjie explained that these regulations extend Samsa’s primary mandate to include inland waterways in South Africa.
“It is to ensure the safety of navigation on our waters.”