25 August 2013
National Sea Rescue Institute
in St Francis Bay and volunteer sea rescue duty crew launched a sea rescue
craft SPIRIT OF ST FRANCIS II to respond to 5 nautical miles off-shore of
Jeffreys Bay at the request of the Transnet National Ports Authority to begin a
search for an adult male, fisherman, reportedly fallen overboard the chokka
fishing boat COOMBAVA.
NSRI Jeffreys Bay
volunteer sea rescue duty crew responded to stand-by on alert at their sea
rescue base and NSRI Port Elizabeth were placed on high alert.
NSRI Spokesperson Craig
Lambinon said it appears that the fisherman may have fallen overboard and it is
not known what caused him to go overboard.
"We conducted a
search pattern plotted by MRCC (Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre) but
despite an extensive search nothing has been found and we were released from
the search by the TNPA” said Lambinon.
He added that the man
was wearing oil skins and boots but had on no life-jacket. He is presumed to
have drowned. The matter has been handed over to the SA
Police Services who will investigate the circumstances and continue a search.
Labels: The search continues for a fisherman in Jeffreys Bay