Friday, June 17, 2022

NSRI recovers body in Hermanus; Fisherman missing after falling overboard near Cape Point beach

The National Sea Rescue Institute are calling for assistance to help identify a body that was found floating near the Hermanus Harbour on Wednesday.

NSRI spokesperson, Craig Lambinon, said that they were alerted about the deceased from a local watching vessel.

“At 17h05, Wednesday, 15 June, NSRI Hermanus duty crew were activated following a call from a commercial whale watching vessel reporting that they had come across a body adrift at sea approximately 1 nautical mile South of Hermanus Harbour.”

“The SA Police Services were alerted while our sea rescue craft Rotarian Burnett was launched. On arrival on the scene the body was located and recovered onto our sea rescue craft and brought to the Hermanus Harbour,” added Lambinon.
The NSRI spokesperson added that the body has been taken into the care of Police and Government Health Forensic Pathology Services.
Police have opened an inquest docket.

Meanwhile, NSRI Simonstown are in search of a man that has gone missing near Cape Point.

NSRI Simonstown station commander, Darren Zimmerman,  said that according to reports, the man has fallen overboard while fishermen were laying fishing gear.

“The alarm was immediately raised and the skipper had turned the vessel around and they had initiated a search. On the NSRI sea rescue craft arriving on the scene we found that the casualty vessel had sustained fishing rope fouled around her propellors and although she was unable to actively continue to assist in the ongoing search her crew were all on the lookout for their fellow ship mate.”

“The 2 NSRI sea rescue craft joined the second fishing vessel in an extensive search operation. The crews of at least 7 fishing vessels that were in the vicinity at the time
were keeping a lookout for the missing fisherman.”

The search continues.

 Done By: Mitchum George

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