Fisherman missing after massive catch capsizes boat

2015-04-09 00:00

A FISHERMAN is missing and presumed drowned after his boat was capsized by a massive catch in an illegal gill net on Inanda dam in KwaZulu-Natal yesterday.

Another man swam to safety and raised the alarm.

It is thought that while trying to haul in the net, which was bulging with fish including a large carp, the small boat overturned.

The two fishermen fell into the water and only one man was able to swim to shore.

Police search and rescue officers were called to the scene after the drowning incident was reported.

Using a police dog specially trained to locate submerged bodies, the officers took to the water. Police K9 Lea indicated an area where the man’s body may have been submerged and divers began to search the large swathe of water near the middle of the dam.

They did locate the illegal gill net and freed approximately 20 fish, including a mammoth carp. An approaching storm halted the search, which will continue today.

Fishing using gill nets is illegal at Inanda dam.

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