Search continues for man overboard crayfish boat

Despite an extensive search yesterday, 26 April, no sign of missing fisherman, Lucas van Wyk, 33, of Steenberg, Cape Town, has been found.

 The fisherman is presumed to have drowned. Searches will continue today.

Apparently a wave side-swiped the crayfish quota boat and swamped it, causing Lucas to fall out the boat. The boat was at Hoek van Bobbejaan, on the Western side of the Cape Point Nature Reserve at the time.

 According to his brother (a fellow crewman) and two other people on board, including skipper Johnathan Rabain, at first they never noticed that Lucas had fallen overboard. Only once they recovered from the near capsizing of the boat did they discover he was missing .

 They raised the alarm while searching for Lucas. During their search Lucas’ life-jacket was found. 

 According to the NSRI Kommettjie that was activated at 8.20 am yesterday morning, NSRI Kommetjie and NSRI Hout Bay volunteer sea rescue duty crews launched sea rescue craft and responded.  NSRI Simonstown sent sea rescue crew, The Red Cross AMS Skymed helicopter, the SA Police Services, City of Cape Town Law Enforcement Marine Unit, the TMNP (Table Mountain National Parks) Marine Unit, WC Government Health EMS rescue squad and CMR (Cape Medical Response) also responded.

 An air, sea and shore search commenced. NSRI had rescue swimmers in the water conducting a free dive search and the SAP divers also conducted a dive search. TMNP rangers (Cape Point) conducted a search on shore yesterday evening.

 “NSRI are in contact with the fishing vessel owners and Lucas’ family. They are being kept abreast of developments. NSRI Kommetjie, Police Sea Borderline and the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (Sea Fisheries division) will conduct sea and shore patrols this morning from first light.”

 TMNP rangers, the TMNP Marine Unit, City of Cape Town Law Enforcement Marine Unit and Law Enforcement officers, Police Sea Borderline and the Police Dive Unit will continue intermittent searches at sea and on the shoreline over the remainder of this weekend and into next week in an on-going effort to find Lucas or to recover his body.

 Police have opened an inquest docket.

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