PE fisherman drowns while trying to move beached boat


The National Sea Rescue Institution (NSRI) has expressed its condolences to the family of a Port Elizabeth fisherman who drowned in Port Alfred over the weekend.

In a statement, NSRI Port Alfred station commander Juan Pretorius said the man, believed to be in his 40s, was fishing with a friend near the Fish River Mouth on Saturday morning, when their two cabin boat became beached on a sand bank after getting caught in a strong outgoing tide.

“They had both got out of the boat when it came to rest on a shallow sand bank when the boat had broadsided to the tide. While attempting to point the boat into the tide his friend had been swept away and disappeared,” Pretorius said.

The man’s body was later found by fisherman having washed ashore near Bats Cave. An inquest docket into has death had been opened by police.