Child’s body found at Keurbooms River mouth – Plett boat tragedy update

Another body was found by NSRI rescuers during an extensive search for the missing persons of the Keurbooms River tragedy in Plettenberg Bay.

The body of the 8 year-old child, whose mother’s body was found last night at the river mouth, was also found near the river mouth.   he father of the child has been informed that the body of his child was located and NSRI and rescue services have extended sincerest condolences for the loss of his wife and child.

A Forensic Pathology Services team is en route to the NSRI Plettenberg Bay rescue station where the body of the child will be handed over.

The search for the remaining four missing persons and their small river bvoat continued at first light this morning

NSRI sea rescue craft and shore patrols, police, a SAPe Dive Unit and a Western Cape Government Health Emergency Medical Services (EMS) rescue team and their EMS Skymed helicopter are on-scene searching. NSRI rescue swimmers are onboard the EMS Skymed helicopter that is searching

The fate and whereabouts of the boat and the 4 missing adult males still remains unknown. NSRI suspects the small boat was washed out through the river mouth.  NSRI is not speculating on what caused the incident or if the boat had capsized.

Confirmation is now being sought to determine if there were in fact six people onboard the boat (or only five) . The NSRI says it understand that 5 people (believed to be family members – 3 adult males, an adult female and her son) and a friend (an adult male), all believed to be from Plettenberg Bay, had gone fishing on the river on a small river boat (a tiller boat) yesterday . When they failed to return the alarm was raised by family members, sparking a massive search and rescue operation.

A more detailed and thorough analysis of the situation is being investigated and Police have opened an inquest docket.

See earlier article on boat tragedy posted this morning:

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