“We offer visitors a range of unique and diverse experiences. This is why international spend has grown by R4-billion in three years. Central to our commitment to service excellence is being able to respond appropriately when things go wrong.
“We know our Cape of Storms can be unpredictable. That is why it is critical that we have the necessary risk response plans in place. Because of their own preparedness‚ the skipper and crew were able to act swiftly and professionally‚” said Winde.
The owner of the Thandi‚ Esa Yacoob‚ said that on Friday just after 2pm‚ weather conditions had changed drastically with strong winds occurring at Fairway Buoy and Robben Island. The Thandi Ferry started taking in water‚ at which stage the skipper immediately radioed Port Control.
The crew effected the safety and evacuation procedures‚ with all passengers and crew members correctly fitted with life jackets and directed to the evacuation station. The life rafts were deployed and secured to the vessel‚ he said.