Monday, 15 October 2012

Hout Bay Boat Disaster: Autopsy report indicates cause of death as unnatural – signs consistent with drowning

Earlier today post-mortems were conducted on the two males that have died as a result of the freak accident involving the Miroshga boat that capsized on Saturday, 13 October 2012 near Hout Bay.

The results were made available to the City’s Disaster Risk Management Centre by the Forensic Pathology Services of the Western Cape Government Department of Health earlier today.

The Coroner at the Salt River State Mortuary confirmed the following:

· That Mr Peter Philip Hyett (64 years) the British national died as a result of drowning.

· That John Roberts (37 years) that was the tourist guide on-board the boat from Hout Bay that was recovered from 21 metres depth also died as a result of drowning. The autopsy further indicates that he sustained head injuries.

The medical examiner indicates that cause of death is consistent with drowning and the manner of death listed as an accident.

The City is in close contact with the families of the deceased persons and will assist with any arrangements.

Issued by: Disaster Risk Management Centre, City of Cape Town


Source: Wilfred Solomons-Johannes, Head: Systems Integration, Special Projects & Disaster Operations, Disaster Risk Management Centre, City of Cape Town

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