Hout Bay fishing tragedy: one dead one missing

One man died and another is missing after the pair went fishing off Hout Bay last night.

This morning, 7 August, neither of the men had returned home as scheduled.

Police divers later recovered the body of the one man, while the other remains missing despite an extensive search of the area today.

Lyall Pringle, Hout Bay station commander said at 11.53 today Hout Bay volunteer duty crew were activated by the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) following a request for assistance from police after family members reported the men overdue after fishing..

“It appears the two local Hout Bay fishermen, who are friends and aged 39 and 27, departed from Hout Bay to go fishing on a boat yesterday evening at about 6 pm.

NSRI Hout Bay launched the sea rescue craft Nadine Gordimer and Albie Matthews and the Police Dive Unit, WC Government Health EMS and the AMS/EMS Skymed rescue helicopter responded to begin a search for the pair.

Family and friends of the two fishermen meanwhile went to the area where the men normally fish and found the body of one fisherman on the mainland shore beneath Karbonkelberg, opposite Duiker Island. It appeared the body had been washed ashore.

“The Police Dive Unit, assisted by NSRI rescue swimmers, recovered the body and handed it into the care of the Forensic Pathology Services. Positive identification of the body is being dealt with by the Police,” Pringle said.

During the search by rescues forces, the boat was found, apparently also washed ashore.

“Despite an extensive air, sea and shore search no sign of the missing fisherman has been found,” Pringle said.  The families of the fishermen are being assisted by the police who have opened an inquest docket.”

The Police Dive Unit is continuing an ongoing search operation for the missing fisherman.




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