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10 fishermen dead in South African trawler tragedy

An inflatable dinghy full of migrants is towed by another while a Greek coast guard vessel monitors their approach to the shores of the Greek island of Lesbos after crossing the Aegean Sea from Turkey to Greece, Monday,  Sept. 21, 2015. Greece's coast guard was searching Sunday for 26 migrants missing off the coast of the eastern Aegean island of Lesbos after the boat they were traveling in sank.(AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

An inflatable dinghy full of migrants is towed by another while a Greek coast guard vessel monitors their approach to the shores of the Greek island of Lesbos after crossing the Aegean Sea from Turkey to Greece, Monday, Sept. 21, 2015. Greece’s coast guard was searching Sunday for 26 migrants missing off the coast of the eastern Aegean island of Lesbos after the boat they were traveling in sank.(AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Ten fishermen died and three were missing after the crew of a fishing trawler abandoned their vessel in rough seas off the South African coast, rescuers said Monday.

Another eight fishermen from the Cape Town trawler survived the disaster, which happened Sunday south of Hangklip, Western Cape province, the National Sea Rescue Institute said. The Cape Town-based institute said in a statement that nine bodies were recovered from the water and another fishermen who had been rescued later died of injuries.

Two sea rescue vessels and a South African air force helicopter responded to a distress call from the trawler after it took on water in swells as high as 20 feet (six meters), the rescue service said.

Several fishing boats were searching for the missing fishermen. Maritime authorities have opened an investigation.

 

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