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 Posted: Sat May 3rd, 2014 11:34 am
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Cape Town - An unmanned ski-boat washed up at Glencairn on Thursday with the keys in the ignition, a bottle of liquor on board and several rounds of ammunition for a 9mm pistol.

There was no sign of the crew.

Police believe the person who last used the boat was a 50-year-old Russian man from the Strand who was last seen about a week ago. The man apparently used the boat without the knowledge of the owner, who lives in Somerset West.

National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) spokesman Craig Lambinon said on Thursday the Russian was known to them only as Dimitri.

Lambinon said the NSRI had been alerted by a member of the public early on Thursday to the 5.5m ski-boat drifting and threatening to run aground at Glencairn.

“An eyewitness watched the boat drifting, appearing to be unmanned, for about an hour, but when the boat looked as if it would run aground he alerted the authorities,” Lambinon.

NSRI from Simon’s Town and the Police Sea Borderline patrol boat went to the scene and found the boat, OLLY, already washed on to the rocks.

Police spokesman Colonel Tembinkosi Kinana confirmed on Thursday night that ammunition had been found on board.

“It was a few rounds, for one firearm, but there was no firearm found. There was no evidence of a crime and no case has been opened,” Kinana said.

Darren Zimmerman, station commander of NSRI in Simon’s Town, said on Thursday the OLLY had run aground on the rocks.

When he went on board, he found the engines intact and all the life jackets and safety equipment still on board.

“There was no sign of whoever had been on board, no clothes or anything like that. We used the safety certificate to establish who the owner was.

“A local guy from Gordon’s Bay does the safety surveys and we contacted him and he was able to tell us who the owner was,” Zimmerman said.

With the help of the safety officer from Gordon’s Bay, the boat owner was tracked down to a house in Gordon’s Bay on Thursday.

Lambinon said the owner claimed that his boat was being stored at a friend’s house. The owner and members of the Gordon’s Bay Ski-Boat Angling Club then went to the friend’s house where the boat was supposed to be.

“It was determined that the friend had lent the boat to another friend and that the boat was supposed to have been in Gordon’s Bay harbour. On further investigation it was determined that a man that was last known to have used the boat was now suspected to be missing and police are investigating,” Lambinon said.

NSRI said the missing Russian, who owns property in the Strand, was last seen on the OLLY “between Thursday April 24 and Sunday April 27”.

Lambinon said they were not in a position to launch a sea search for Dimitri.

He said the man who had borrowed the boat from the owner had arrived at the scene on Thursday and attempted to recover the boat.

“But the boat subsequently capsized during the attempt and she had been pulled back on the rocks from where a salvage effort will be attempted.”

Police have opened a missing person docket for Dimitri.

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 Posted: Mon May 5th, 2014 12:03 am
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http://capeargus.newspaperdirect.com/epaper/pageview.aspx?issue=70672014050400000000001001

The plot thickens..

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 Posted: Mon May 5th, 2014 01:59 am
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Bit of a story around this boat! The boat belongs to a good friend of mine that lives in Namibia, but stores the boat in somerset west at a mechanics house. A few days back a guy loaned the boat from the mechanic to go "fishing" but after a few days him or the boat was not seen, it turns out that the guy that loaned the boat was suspected of shooting someone a few days ago and the police have been looking for him, when they found the boat they found some spent cartridges on the boat but nobody on board! He had 200L of fuel on the little boat when he left harbour and when the boat washed out there was not much fuel left and the engines were switched off and in neutral! So there is speculation that he possibly staged a suicide and might have been picked up at sea by another boat to "get away"

My Buddy is really pissed off as he only heard about this all happening when his folks saw the pic in the news paper, the boat is a complete write off but the engines have been saved!

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 Posted: Mon May 5th, 2014 02:21 am
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Thanks Donovan, on the lighter side, do you perhaps think it could be a case of Russian Roulette gone wrong?

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 Posted: Mon May 5th, 2014 10:46 am
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Thanks Donovan, on the lighter side, do you perhaps think it could be a case of Russian Roulette gone wrong?

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 Posted: Mon May 5th, 2014 01:41 pm
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Not murder but a hit, says relative

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Cape Town - The murder of Belgian Jurgen Rombouts outside his Strand home was not a robbery or revenge killing, but an assassination, says a relative.

The relative, who wanted to remain anonymous, visited the Salt River Mortuary last Tuesday to identify the 27-year-old’s body.

He described the injuries as “too precise” to have been anything but the result of an organised hit.

Rombouts had reportedly been sitting in his black BMW outside his home on Friday, April 25, waiting for his fiancée, Chanelle Victor, to close the gate to their rented home, when a red Nissan crashed into his car.

A man emerged from the Nissan and fired six shots at Rombouts, killing him instantly before speeding away and then setting fire to his car a few hundred metres down the road.

According to the relative, Victor has been taken into protective custody by police. She last visited the house on Monday, April 28, when she emptied it of their personal belongings.

While the relative remains certain that it was a hit, he is not sure why Rombouts - who works on the ground for Swiss Air at the Cape Town International Airport - would have been targeted.

“I didn’t know Jurgen was in any type of trouble. If we had known he was being threatened we would have taken him away,” he said.

He recalled that there had been a burglary at Rombouts’s home recently, where four white men had broken in and fired shots at police responding to the triggered alarm.

Someone who may hold clues to the Belgian’s death is Dimitri Sarenok. The 50-year-old Russian was the landlord of the property Rombouts rented, but has been missing since the murder.

Sarenok has been linked to an abandoned boat found near Glencairn on Thursday. The NSRI, which responded to calls about the boat’s appearance on the rocky shore, said pistol ammunition and a bottle of liquor were found on board. The key was still in the ignition.

Police spokesman Colonel Tembinkosi Kinana said Sarenok was wanted for questioning in connection with Rombouts’s murder.

But by Sunday night, the Russian had not been found.

Rombouts’s family held a funeral for him on Friday morning.

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