George fisherman swept off rocks and is missing

A George fisherman swept off rocks at Herold’s Bay yesterday evening, 2 November 2015,  is missing and it is feared he may have drowned .

Despite an extensive sea and shoreline search no sign of the fisherman was found last night and the and the search is continuing this morning.

The 37 year-old George fisherman was fishing from rocks at Voelklip with friends when he was swept into the sea by a wave. The man, a strong swimmer, was encouraged by his friends to swim a to swim around the rocks,  which could injure him, and towards Herlold’s Bay.  When it became dark his friends lost sight of him.

NSRI Wilderness volunteer duty crew were activated at 7.18 pm, Torsten Henschell, NSRI Wilderness deputy station commander, said. The NSRI volunteers, together with the SA Police Services, WC Government Health EMS and George Fire and Rescue Services responded.  An extensive search was launched including the setting off of illuminating flares, search lights amd shore patrols.

The local community brought their private vehicles to the scene to illuminate the shoreline using their car headlights.  NSRI Mossel Bay also launched the sea rescue craft, Rescue 15, which brought additional spotlights to aid in the search from the sea side. 

NSRI Wilderness and Police are on the scene this morning continuing an ongoing search and the sea rescue craft Clemengold Rescuer has also been brought to the scene but there remains no sign of the missing fisherman.

(Edited by St Francis Chronicle)

 

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