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Briton dies after boat capsizes

A British man has died and several other tourists are in hospital after a boat capsized in South Africa.

A Foreign Office spokesman confirmed the death of one British national at Hout Bay near the western city of Cape Town on Saturday afternoon.

The dead Briton has been named in media reports as Peter Hyett, 64, from the Vale of Glamorgan, South Wales.

His wife Suzanne, 63, and her daughter Helen, 37, from Bournemouth, survived the accident and were treated in hospital, reports say. The family were holidaying in South Africa for two weeks and were due to return to the UK at the weekend.

There were also reports that two other British women on holiday were found clinging on beneath the boat by divers looking for bodies.

Lynette Hartmann, 55, and Bronwyn Armstrong, whose age is unknown, were believed to be trapped in an air pocket under the catamaran for nearly four hours before they were rescued. The body of South African tour guide John Roberts was found after the rescue effort, reports say.

Craig Lambinon, of the National Sea Rescue Institute, said there were 38 people on board the charter boat Miroshga. At least 24 of the survivors were taken to hospital with serious or minor injuries and many of them were foreign nationals.

As details of Mr Hyett's death filtered back to the UK, his neighbours in Barry expressed their shock at the news. The retired council worker was described by several locals as a keen gardener who was a polite yet private person.

One woman, who would only give her name as Beryl, said: "Peter and Sue have been very good neighbours since they moved here about 10 years ago. They are quiet sort of people, but always pleasant. So it was a terrible shock to learn that Peter had died."

Another local added: "Peter used to open his garden to the public for fundraising tea parties. He was always accommodating to the people who would attend. And given the hard work he had put into his garden, I think he was understandably keen to show people the fruits of his labour - not in a showing off kind of way though, that definitely wasn't his style."


From Belfast Telegraph