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Paddler Mark Feather’s Body Found

By Tai Chishakwe - Nov 17, 2014
Paddler Mark Feather’s Body Found

The body of surf-skier, Mark Feather, has been found on the shore near Trennerys, Wild Coast and is now in the care of the South African Police Services (SAPS) after which it will be taken into the care of the Forensic Pathology Services.

The discovery follows a massive sea rescue mission, including several winged aircraft, at the weekend after the paddler from Johannesburg went missing during the annual Pete Marlin Surf-ski Race on Saturday morning.

A total of 133 surf-skiers started the challenge from the East London Orient Beach to Yellow Sands. One hundred completed the race, with the remaining either retiring or forced to withdraw due to weather conditions.

However, six surf-skiers were reported missing and a search was launched by a team consisting of police disaster management, a police dive unit, Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre and Telkom Maritime Radio Services. They managed to save all but Feather who was from Rivonia, Gauteng.

On Sunday, parts of the 43-year old’s broken surf-ski were found.

Windy conditions

National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) spokesman Craig Lambinon told the Daily Dispatch that the paddlers went missing because of the windy conditions that hit the shores of East London at the weekend.

“Wind conditions increased to 47 knots and 6.5m swells during the challenge, resulting in a number of surf-skiers being reported missing,” Lambinon said.

He however said none of the five rescued surf-skiers had been injured.

Police, NSRI, the Emergency Services on behalf of all involved in the search for Mark Feather express their sincerest condolences to family and friends.

 Police have opened an inquest docket.