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Search for missing fisherman enters second day in St Francis Bay

Jan 11, 2018
Search for missing fisherman enters second day in St Francis Bay

A search for a missing fisherman is expected to resume for the second day on Thursday morning after he reportedly went overboard in the St Francis Bay area.

According to Sarah Smith, National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) St Francis Bay station commander, at 05h15, on Wednesday, the NSRI St Francis Bay duty crew were activated by the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) following reports to NSRI Port Elizabeth of a man suspected to be overboard the fishing vessel Maryke.

"It appears that the alarm had been raised at 05h00 by the skipper after crew noticed the adult fisherman, believed to be from Humansdorp, missing off the boat off-shore of Aasvogelspunt, 30 nautical miles South East of St Francis Bay," described Smith.

"The Maryke and three other fishing vessels had reportedly begun a search."

She said that the sea rescue craft Spirit of St Francis II was launched and on arrival on the scene joined in a search and assisted in sweeping line search patterns and just after 08h00 an SA Air Force's 15 Squadron Charlie Flight helicopter, with two NSRI Port Elizabeth rescue swimmers aboard, joined the search operation and NSRI St Francis Bay crew and SA National Park rangers searched along the shoreline.

"Despite an extensive air, sea and shoreline search operation no sign of the missing fisherman has been found and Police have taken over an ongoing search operation and investigation into the incident," Smith said.