George man missing after being swept off rocks by waves near Herold's Bay
The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) are searching for a 26-year-old man from George, who swept off rocks at Klein Voelklip near to Herold's Bay.
NSRI Wilderness station commander, Mike Vonk, said that friends of the fisherman, fellow anglers, confirmed that while fishing along the shoreline a wave had swept over the man and he had been swept into the sea before they lost sight of him.
‘’At 13h53, Friday, 17 June, NSRI Wilderness duty crew were activated following reports of a fisherman swept off rocks at Klein Voelklip near to Herolds Bay. NSRI crew responded to Herolds Bay and launched the NSRI sea rescue craft V's Rescuer, from the Herolds Bay NSRI garage, and the sea rescue craft Oscars Rescuer was towed to Herolds Bay and launched.
‘’During an extensive search a Police Dive Unit was activated and they joined in the search operation on the scene. Despite an extensive search there remains no sign of the missing man,’’ added Vonk.
The team commenced their search on Saturday and was joined by NSRI Wilderness crew who launched the sea rescue craft Spirit of Rotary 100 and V's Rescuer and are assisting Police divers in the ongoing search.
‘’Police divers have free dived at the search area in their ongoing search efforts and sea and shoreline search efforts are ongoing. Police have opened an investigation. Thoughts are with the family and friends of the missing man in this difficult time,’’ said NSRI Wilderness station commander, Mike Vonk.
Done By: Mitchum George