WATCH | US tourist sees hired car sink in Hermanus harbour

A US tourist had a bad start to his SA holiday when his rental car rolled off the jetty at Hermanus harbour in the Western Cape and sank to the sea floor.

2021-04-12 10:15:00 PM

A US tourist had a bad start to his SA holiday when his rental car rolled off the jetty at Hermanus harbour in the Western Cape and sank to the sea floor.

A US tourist had a bad start to his SA holiday when his rental car rolled off the jetty at Hermanus harbour in the Western Cape and sank to the sea floor.

Marx Mohr of Neptune's Divers and Cruises said the tourist's “entire life” was in the car.“He was about to start a nine-month trip through Africa so there were laptops, cameras, everything in the car,” he said.“Everything's buggered.”The car, a Hyundai i10, stayed afloat briefly before sinking. It spent half a day at the bottom of the harbour while waiting for the insurance company to give Neptune's permission to raise it from the deep.

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The recovery operation took a mere 45 minutes, using the harbour's only dockside crane.“It sank right beneath the crane,” Mohr noted. Read more: Times LIVE »

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