Body of missing East London fisherman recovered

OCTOBER 17, 2016

The body of an East London fisherman was recovered on Saturday by the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) following a freak accident while he was fishing in Morgan Bay.

According to Geoff McGregor, NSRI East London station commander, at 10h15, on Saturday, the NSRI East London, Eastern Cape government Health EMS, the EMS rescue helicopter and the SA Police Services were activated to respond to Morgan Bay following reports of a fisherman's gear and personal effects found on the shoreline and a male fisherman suspected to be missing.

"A fixed wing aircraft, flying in the area at the time, joined in the search when a body was located off-shore of Morgan Bay by crew aboard the fixed wing aircraft," said McGregor.

"An NSRI rescue swimmer (who is also an EMS rescue paramedic) was deployed into the surf from the EMS helicopter and the body of a 30-year-old East London man was recovered to the beach by the rescue swimmer and confirmed to be deceased.

"t is believed that the fisherman was swept off rocks by a wave while fishing."

Police have opened an inquest docket and the body of the man has been handed into the care of the Forensic Pathology Services.