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Chokka fisherman dies in St Francis Bay

Jul 31, 2017
Chokka fisherman dies in St Francis Bay

The SA Police Services will not be opening an inquest docket following the passing away of a chokka fisherman near St Francis Bay over the weekend.

"The fisherman sadly died of natural causes after suffering a seizure onboard the Chokka fishing boat Silver Explorer," described Craig Lambinon, National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) spokesperson.

According to Sarah Smith, NSRI St Francis Bay station commander, at 09h30, on Saturday, NSRI St Francis Bay duty crew were activated following a request for assistance from the Chokka fishing boat, Silver Explorer, reporting an adult male crew member onboard suffering a seizure.

"Silver Explorer were heading towards the Port of St Francis from Kabaljous and just prior to our sea rescue craft Spirit of St Francis II arriving at the rendezvous the skipper confirmed that his crew member had died," described Smith.

"On arrival on the scene, NSRI medics were put aboard the Silver Explorer and confirmed that sadly the fisherman was deceased."

She said that the Silver Explorer continued into Port where they were met by the SA Police Services and the body of the deceased fisherman wbeen taken into the care of the Forensic Pathology Services.

Sincere Condolences are conveyed to family, friends and colleagues of the fisherman.