On September 27, the 42 meter long fishing vessel Lincoln was disabled in heavy seas in False Bay near Cape Town, South Africa. The Lincoln became swamped by massive waves and listed over to one side. The vessel sent out a distress call before the 21 crewmen on board abandoned ship. Nine of the crew were rescued from the water, but twelve others drowned. Reports state that some of the crew had slipped through their life jackets. The Lincoln remained afloat and was later taken under tow by another fishing vessel towards Table Bay. The incident is under investigation.