The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) is reporting that at least eight South African sailors were swept off the deck of an unnamed submarine. At least two have been confirmed killed and several others have been rescued. However, at least one sailor is still missing as naval divers are continuing the search.
NSRI spokesman Craig Lambinon told press: “At 14:47 on Wednesday, NSRI Kommetjie were activated following reports of navy divers in difficulty offshore of Slangkop Lighthouse, Kommetjie.”
The South African Navy currently operates three German-made Heroine-class diesel-electric submarines. The Charlotte Manthatisi and Charlotte Maxeke are currently in active service, but the Queen Modjadji is awaiting refit .It is not currently clear which boat was involved in this incident.
This is developing.