Busy weekend for the NSRI

OCTOBER 26, 2015

It was a busy weekend for the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI), which also managed to retrieve an unidentified body found floating at the Hermanus harbour while a drowning in Knysna is still being investigated.

According to Deon Langenhoven, NSRI Hermanus station commander, on Sunday afternoon, the NSRI Hermanus station, while out at sea on the sea rescue craft Hunters Gold Rescuer on a routine exercise, were diverted to respond to investigate reports of a body discovered floating in shallow surf near to the new Harbour.

"On arrival on the scene the body of an unidentified adult man was located and recovered from shallow surf and confirmed to be deceased," Langenhoven said.

"The body has been handed into the care of the Forensic Pathology Services and Police have opened an inquest docket and are investigating."

In Knysna, on Saturday afternoon, the NSRI Knysna duty crew were activated following eye-witness reports of a drowning in progress in the Knysna Lagoon at the Train Bridge.

"NSRI Knysna rescue swimmers responded directly to the scene in their private vehicles, the sea rescue craft Jaytee III was launched and responded and the SA Police Services, Forensic Pathology Services, Law Enforcement and Knysna Fire and Rescue Services responded," said Jerome Simonis, NSRI Knysna station commander.

"On arrival on the scene NSRI rescue swimmers joined Police divers free diving in the lagoon on locations where eye-witnesses reported an adult male fisherman, unidentified, had disappeared under water after falling into the lagoon and appearing to struggle in the water before disappearing under water.

"Despite an extensive search no sign of the missing man has been found and Police divers are continuing an ongoing search operation and Police are investigating."