An SA seafarer – victim of a hurricane storm accident at sea – to be laid to rest.

Durban: 12 December 2019

South African seafarer, Mr Frank Isaacs one of a number sailors that lost their lives during an accident in the Caribbean Sea in September 2019, will be finally laid to rest in Cape Town at the weekend, according to the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA)

According to the government agency, Mr Isaacs was among seafarers on board a Luxembourg registered tug that sank some 12 000 nautical miles off the Martinique Island on 26 September 2019 after it was reportedly caught up in a Category 4 hurricane storm.

Shortly thereafter the tug by the name of Bourbon Rhode, sank. Three crew members were initially rescued, four bodies of others recovered and seven reported still missing, A search and rescue effort by the Regional Operational Centre of Surveillance and Rescue (Cross) Antilles-Guyane and other parties for the missing crew continued.

Mr Isaacs was later confirmed to be among the unfortunate sailors.

In Pretoria on Wednesday, SAMSA, which had been in constant contact with all relevant parties to the incident involving the tug crew rescue and retrieval effort, inclusive of Mr Isaacs’ family, said Mr Isaacs’ funeral service would be conducted on Saturday (14 December 2019) at Belhar, beginning at 8am.

A memorial service for Mr Isaacs was held on Wednesday evening (11 December 2019) at his home town, Delft, near Cape Town.


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