27["The Waratah", The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA), Monday 16 August 1909, page 7]
THE ALLLEGED BODIES.
WHY THE INSIZWA DID NOT STOP.
THE CAPTAIN EXPLAINS.
CAPE TOWN, August 14.
There has been some speculation as to why the steamer Insizwa did not stop when the supposed corpses were seen near the mouth of the Bashee River, 100 miles north of East London. Reuter's correspondent learns from an authoritative source that the vessel was prevented from stopping by her heavy deck cargo and the tremendous swell rendering such a proceeding dangerous.
The Insizwa's captain has been interviewed. There is not the slightest doubt, he states, that the objects seen at the mouth of the Bashee were human bodies. Two wore white and two dark clothing. Having lady passengers on board, and fearing to incur danger by putting his vessel about, he did not think it desirable to attempt to recover the bodies. There was, he adds, no sign of wreckage as far as a bird's farthest vision could extend.
NOT HUMAN BODIES, BUT A DEAD SKATE.
LONDON, August 14.
The rumor that human bodies have been found in the Great Fish River is officially denied.
The tugs dispatched from East London in search for traces of the Waratah have returned. The voyage was fruitless excepting that those aboard saw floating objects most deceptive in appearance, resembling tht bodies of women attired in dressing-gowns, and which investigation proved to be portions of a dead skate.
A WHALE OR A SKATE.
ROOM FOR HOPE.
CAPE TOWN, August 14, 1.50 p.m.
It is officially announced that the report of the discovery of dead bodies in the Fish River is entirely unfounded. The captain of a vessel which has just arrived at East London reports having seen pieces of a whale yesterday off the mouth of the Bashee River. The carcase was being fol- lowed by a flock of birds.
There is room for hope that the Waratah may still be drifting somewhere.
LONDON, August 14, 5.30 p.m.
An official report states that one of the tugs sent from East London has returned with a report that while off Mazeppa Bay those on board observed birds hovering over floating objects resembling human bodies. Closer investigation revealed the objects to be nothing but portions of a dead skate. Excepting this nothing was seen.