KNYSNA PADDLEBOAT FLOODED
On 12 April 2019, we woke to the dramatic scene of the Knysna ‘paddle boat’ listing heavily to port while still on her mooring. A floating protective circle was soon in place for any oil spills and professional divers were dispatched from Port Elizabeth. Knysna Motor Strippers secured the boat from complete capsize with a line to their heaviest vehicle and Roger Clancy was on scene to offer his salvage experience and advice.
The alleged cause was the fresh water tanks, mistakenly left to fill overnight, had overflowed causing the boat to list until seawater entered the port windows.
The desperate scene was to attract many spectators, since you could get very close to it all from a vessel on the lagoon. It was especially dramatic from that perspective and she stayed that way for a week or more before being righted.
Photographs courtesy of Dirk Molsen.